Summary: Looking at how God is always present with us.
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January 31, 2021
A young boy and his mother were having a discussion during lunch. He asked her “Where’s God?”
She said, “He’s in heaven.”
The boy said, “So, God lives there?” MOM - “Yes.”
The boy then asked, “Then, where’s Jesus?”
The mom said, “well, Jesus is in your heart.”
The boy looked puzzled and asked - “But how can He be in heaven and in my heart at the same time?”
The mom said, “Sweetheart, it’s hard to explain.”
The boy paused and then asked, “So, where does the Holy Spirit live?”
The mom paused and said, “I think it’s time for a nap.”
When we think about it, we all want to know where God is. Just as I want to know where my kids are and what they’re up to, we all want to know “Where’s God?”
We’re on our 4th week of looking at the attributes of God. We’ve seen how God is eternal, infinite, omnipotent and omniscient. And today, we’re going to be looking at God’s omnipresence.
Omnipresence is probably the most difficult of the omni’s for people to grasp. Humanly speaking, we can only be one place at one time, but God is everywhere at the same time. Our problem is that we have nothing to compare to it. Is God all powerful? Yes, and we can slightly grasp that concept because we have power and strength. Does God have all knowledge? Absolutely --- and we can understand this a little, because we have some knowledge.
But there’s no sense in which we are can be present everywhere! We can’t be in two places at the same time, as much as we would like to. For that reason God’s omnipresence becomes even more mysterious to us.
The word omnipresence is exactly what it says. It means God is all - present. He’s everywhere at the same time. He is present everywhere all at the same time. We may see stuff like that in movies, but those are movies and this is real as we look at God.
Remember last week, we looked at the first 6 verses from Psalm 139 to help us picture God’s omniscience. David felt he couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without God knowing completely what his thoughts and actions were.
Well, David continued that thought process and in the following verses, Psalm 139:7-12, provides us with the greatest statement of God’s omnipresence. Listen to what David wrote - -
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
As David considers how God knows him inside and out, he wonders where could he hide from the Lord. If he ascended to heaven, descended to hell, if he went east or west, to the farthest part of the seas — — it wouldn’t matter - - - because the Lord is already there.
What about the darkness of the night? Maybe God can’t see well in the darkest dark. That won’t stop God either. Listen to how David writes this. I LOVE this thought. It’s comforting and powerful. It should give us a great sense of encouragement - - - For God, darkness is like the light. The night is bright as day. Isn’t that great!? There is nothing that inhibits or stops God from being present with us.
There are several important implications of this truth. Whether we believe it or not, God is always present with us. Even when we can’t see or sense His presence, He is with us.
God is present in our worst moments. God’s omnipresence means He’s with us in the midst of suffering, whether it be disease, pain, sickness, sorrow, anger, grief, bitterness, divorce, betrayal, cancer, accidents, death, abuse, abortion, war, famine, natural disasters, and at the moment of death. God is there!
And in the same way, God is present with us in the midst of our best moments. He is with us in our victories, celebrations, healings, in new beginnings, in marriage, in forgiveness and grace and mercy. He’s there in new relationships, in new love, new homes, new life. God is always present!
God is also always, always available to us wherever we go, 24 hours a day. We always have His full attention, we don’t have to make an appointment, He’s never too busy to hear us when we pray, He’s never preoccupied with other problems.