Everything around us is always changing. Have you noticed? Ask anyone a lot older than you (if you know anyone, LOL!) whether or not things are different now from when they were kids. Ask them about toys, food, books, games, school, haircuts, and clothing styles, just to name a few. Change can be confusing, uncomfortable.
We already talked about God’s immutability. He doesn’t change—no matter what goes on around us. We also established this truth is a cornerstone for trusting him.
Let’s move on to another attribute. Remember that attribute is a characteristic belonging to one’s basic nature, in this case, God’s. Some of those characteristics are communicable, meaning God may share them with us—like justice, love, mercy, kindness, or peace. But another one of His attributes that is non communicable, meaning only His, is omnipresence.
Let’s break it down. Omni means “wholly or completely,” and presence is “the state of being present.” In a nutshell, omnipresence tells us that all of God is everywhere all the time.
ALL OF HIM
Before I figured out what omnipresence meant, I imagined God stretching Himself across the universe—a tiny bit of Him in Russia, while a thread of Him would reach the Antarctic. Like Mister Fantastic or Plastic Man to the thousandth degree. But I was wrong and had left out an important detail. God is spirit, not flesh and blood like you and me. So He is not limited by time nor by space.
All of God is everywhere all the time, not just a piece of Him.
Everything God is—the Creator of the universe, the God who opened up the Red Sea, who pulled Jonah out of the big fish, who sent Jesus to earth—is with you and me right now. And He’s giving us all His attention.
Omnipresence means all of God everywhere: Chile, Iran, Rhode Island, Minsk. Identify all the continents, countries, cities in the world, all their rivers, mountains, and then start in on the sun and the moon, the named and unnamed stars, the known and to-be-discovered planets . . . He is there.
ALL THE TIME
God is constant. He’s not an eight-to-five, Monday-through-Friday, with-Sundays-and-holidays-off kind of God. With Him, it is 24/7/365. We sleep; He doesn’t. We get distracted; He doesn’t. We need a break; He doesn’t take one. The Bible says He is, He was, and He always will be. Remember: God has no limits—not space or time.Our minds do have limits, however, so sometimes it’s difficult to understand these concepts.
Just because we don’t fully understand them doesn’t make them any less true.
A CATEGORY OF HIS OWN
Consider your number one superhero for a moment. Come on, you have one. I admit to Marvel fandom. I like Iron Man. And Thor? Well, he’s just cute.
If you’re like me, you want to see all the movies. If you are a Sheldon Cooper kind of fan, you collect the comic books and the action figures. Maybe your favorite is Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, or Thor. (Sorry, I did leave out DC characters.)
Each hero uses a super power to save the day, save the girl, or even save the world. But each one also has a fatal weakness, and if the bad guy figures it out, it’s possible he will defeat our superhero.
Unlike our superheroes, of course, God exists. He’s for real, not the product of someone’s imagination or invention. But like our superheroes, God does have an Enemy—a real one, Satan. Who doesn’t stand a chance. He’s not omnipresent, by the way. Nor is he is omniscient, omnipotent, immutable, or independent. He was created, just like the world, angels, and humans.
He’ll never defeat God.
Write this on your heart: God is omnipresent. All of Him, all the time, no matter where you go is right beside you. And He loves you. Trust Him on this.
TRUTHS TO HANG ONTO:
“‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord.” (Jer. 23:24)
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38–39)
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:6, 8)
I welcome your comments, super-reader.