Summary: Fourth in a series on the attributes of God focusing on His Omnipresence, Omnipotence and Omniscience
Knowing God Series #4
“Our Infinitely Available, Aware and Able God”
The only way you can get to know someone is to spend time with them. The more time and energy expended in the relationship the better you get to know each other. Some couples stop investing the energy. They get to a certain point and stop pursuing any deeper relationship. The same is true with God. It is possible to lose the love you may have had at the beginning. Certainly the church at Ephesus did and Jesus reprimanded them for it.
‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Revelation 2:2-5 (ESV)
Think back what your relationship with your spouse was like at first. What are some words that would describe it? Not many have maintained that intensity. Life happened. It happens with God also. Jesus told them to compare the current picture to the previous. My purpose is to motivate us do the works we did at first.
I. The nature of God
II. The Attributes of God
A. God is infinitely great in His ability / capacity
1. God is SELF-EXISTENT
2. God is ETERNAL
3. God is SELF-SUFFICIENT
4. God is IMMUTABLE (unchanging)
Ever felt lonely? Ever felt clueless? Ever felt helpless? This message is for you! Today we will explore three more truths concerning God that affirm His greatness. I call them the “omni triplets.” Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent.
David eloquently touches on all three of them in Psalm 139. These truths run all though Scripture in both declarative and descriptive form. Like the other attributes we have touched on so far, these also convey personal implications.
5. God is OMNIPRESENT which make Him continually available
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. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. Psalm 139:7-12 (ESV)
They answer to living a fearless life flows out of this fundamental truth. “God is with us.” Emmanuel; God with us. Christ in you the hope of Glory. “I will be with you even to the end of the age.”
In a world of busyness and unavailability of what we may need, we can take great comfort in knowing we have a God who is never far from us. Yes He is a God who is far beyond us but He is also always near us.
"Am I a God who is near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off? Jeremiah 23:23
Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us. Solomon understood the omnipresence of God
Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much
less this house that I have built! 1 Kings 8:27
God’s omnipresence is a specific application of the truth of His infinitude. If God has no limits, it would naturally follow that He would not be limited by space. God is spirit and thus can be both near and far at the same time. His presence fills this very room. His presence is at the same time with my aunt in Florida and my brother in Oregon. God is not made up of parts or some mystical force permeating the atmosphere, He is personally present at all times in every place.
We talk to Him this morning while a lonely missionary wakes restlessly in the middle of the night and talks to Him at the same time. Fortunately not only is He present everywhere but can be equally attentive to everyone and everything that needs His attention. Just because I may be present in the room is no guarantee that I am attentive to everything and everyone in the room.
God is not only present everywhere but also actively and positively involved in my life.