The Omnipresence of God
As a child, I memorized the answer to the question of Catechism, “Where is God?”, to which I would reply, “God is in the sky, on the earth, and in all places, seeing and hearing everything, even our innermost thoughts.” I memorized this intellectually, but it was incomprehensible because I could never even tangibly understand that someone could be in two places at once, much less in “all places” at once.
What happened is that I believed it, and although I was always analytical and searched for logic in everything, I decided to accept it even though I didn’t understand it. This truth stood clear in my heart: the omnipresence of God. This truth – anchored in the heart of a child and sixty-five years later revealed in my spirit – I have accepted, recognized, and now share with you. Omnipresence is one of the attributes of God; it’s true and incomprehensible, yet we must discern it spiritually because “people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT).
In the Bible, David sings about the omnipresence of God in Psalm 139. It says that He knows your steps and thoughts even before you express them (verses 3-4). It later says, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me” (verses 7-10 ESV). David exalts with joy and satisfaction that wherever he goes, even in the most remote parts of the sea or as far as the wings of dawn can lead him, His hand will reach him even there and will keep, support, and sustain him.
This is the joy and security that comes with knowing that God is always with you, by your side, keeping you, and taking care of you. He exercises control over you, not to restrict you because you know how to be loyal and obedient, but to protect and care for you because He loves you. That’s why He affirms you and tells you, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV).
The Apostle Paul presents the omnipresence of God when he preaches in Athens. There, he teaches the God-fearing Gentiles, and when he is taken to the Areopagus, he speaks to them when he sees the altar “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD” and introduces them to the God who made the world and everything in it, that does not dwell in temples made by the hands of men, and that is not far from you (Acts 17:17-27), and highlights “For in him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28a NIV). These three verbs give definition to your life. Our Heavenly Father knows that you need guidance, and it is this, that “in Christ, you live, move, and are.” This is your present state of being since He is the answer to everything. If you go through difficulty, the Father is with you. You are everything in Christ and in everything, you move in Him, no matter what circumstance you are in. If something unfair and cruel happens, you can say: “But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior” (Jeremiah 20:11a) and you can know that God is always with you and you’re always in His Presence, where there is fullness of joy and pleasures at His right hand forevermore (Psalm 16:11).
Pr. Larry Pacheco