The Reality Of God’s Presence
Think about it…
One of the fascinating aspects of learning truth from God’s Word is the fact that the same truth can be both alarming and assuring. Remember, God reveals Himself to us through His Word and shows us that to ignore Him is at one’s own peril.
One such truth concerns God’s universal and infinite presence. Scholars call this His omnipresence. Simply put, God fills the universe with His presence and is present in all places at all times. While this may seem a little lofty to be of any real practical value, consider this. There is absolutely nowhere you can ever be where God is not personally there.
“I am God who is at hand, says the Lord, and not a God far off. Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth?” Jeremiah 23:23-24
A guy is 12,000 miles away from home in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Is he alone? No, although he may feel that way. He is in a firefight and fears for his life, is there anyone who can help him deal with this situation? If he knows the truth about God’s omnipresence, he knows that God is there with him. The rest of the truth about God that he needs to know concerns the Father’s love for him, the provision of spiritual salvation and the assurance that nothing can happen to him without God allowing it. And those things that do happen are designed for the guy’s good and God’s glory!
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord and he ponders all his goings.” Proverbs 5:21
Here’s another fellow: he is out of town on a business trip. He’s never been to this city before and knows no one there. A beautiful woman begins to come on to him in a restaurant. One thing leads to another and, well… you get the picture. He may think that he’s all alone and no one will ever know what he does secretly. The same God who is there to help and protect us is there to note our foolishness.
We can run, but we can’t hide!
Good news for some, bad news for others.
Article contributed by Ken Sheppard. Director of Mentoring for the Master’s Men ministry.