There is nowhere in all of the universe that God is not. King David cried out in Psalm 139:
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I fee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
The prophet Jonah learned this lesson when God called him to go to Ninevah and preach against it. Jonah tried to flee on a boat in the opposite direction, but God was in the midst of the sea waiting for him. God told the prophet Amos that His enemies could not hide from Him even if they climbed the tallest mountain or went to the bottom of the sea.
God is not a spacial being that can be measured or contained, God is spirit (John 4:24). In 1 Kings 8:27 Solomon declared, “The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.” The furthest galaxy known to man is 13.3 billion light years away and God is there. At the bottom of the Mariana Trench, God is there. At the deepest level of the human heart, God is there. All that exists is contained within God, and God is in, through, and around it. This does not mean that God is the water, the space, or the sky. God is distinct from His creation, but inhabits, surrounds, and saturates it.
God is fully present everywhere, all at once, but this does not mean that He acts the same way everywhere at the same time. He may be present somewhere to comfort and bless and simultaneously be present somewhere else in judgement. God is present in heaven, hell, and earth, but His presence is manifested in very different ways in these places.
This truth means that God is always with us. For the Christian, this is comforting, for those in rebellion against God, this should be terrifying. Paul says in Philippians 4:5-6 that “the Lord is near,” so not to be anxious for anything. Also, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations and comforts us with the fact that He will be with us wherever we go, He promises to never leave or forsake us. Only an omnipresent God can promise that. This truth also means that even when we feel completely alone, God is nearer to us than even our most intimate thoughts.
~ Prayer ~
God, only You are everywhere at once. You are with me when I sin and when I pray and still you love me. While this truth should bring me comfort, I struggle to find courage and rest in it. Help me to remember that you are closer to me than even my thoughts and feelings and that I never need to be afraid because I am perpetually embraced by my loving Father.
By Patrick O’Rourke