God Is Omnipresent

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1 Kings 8:22-29, Psalm 139:7-12, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 17:24-28

God is present everywhere in His creation but also above and beyond it. This remained true even as Jesus entered our world as a man and remains true as the Holy Spirit takes up residence within believers.

The Bible can be described as the story of God’s presence with His people. From walks in the garden with Adam and Eve to the incarnation to the gift of His Spirit at Pentecost, God was there. But the presence of God is not limited to any one location or situation.

Using a series of rhetorical questions, God outlines the all-encompassing nature of His omnipresence through the prophet Jeremiah:

“Am I a God who is only near… and not a God who is far away? Can a person hide in secret places where I cannot see him?… Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” (Jr 23:23–24).

These verses not only show that God is both near and far, filling the heavens and the earth, but that He is always with us. There is no escaping His presence. At first, we might find this truth unsettling, but when we understand God’s heart toward His people, we can find it comforting. We echo the words of the psalmist: “But as for me, God’s presence is my good” (Psalm 73:28).

God’s omnipresence means He sees us, knows us, is with us, and will never leave us. It’s a very practical truth because the greater our awareness of His presence, the more we live with a healthy fear of the Lord. We think twice before giving in to temptation, knowing our sins are not secret. We learn to go through our day with God, abiding in Him moment by moment. We find it a natural thing to pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17), because He is always right there with us.

Upon completing His earthly ministry, and before ascending to heaven, Jesus promised His disciples He would send the Holy Spirit to them. His last words in the Gospel of Matthew are, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (28:20). We experience Jesus’s constant presence through His Spirit, who lives in all believers. And one day, when Jesus returns, we will see Him not just with eyes of faith, but “face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

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  1. Grant Reed says:

    Carol Collins,
    It may be the Christian Standard Bible, but it is also used in the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

  2. Donna Lyon says:

    He’s always with me.

  3. Genia McCray says:

    God is always with me.

  4. Jessica Schuurman says:

    Fear of the Lord is such an important aspect of faith, that I think we tend to forget! I really love this :)

  5. Carol Collins says:

    I love the translation you used for psalm 73:28…. which translation is it?

    1. Karen Miller says:

      Hi, Carol,

      I’m just reading this SRT plan. I hope you’ve gotten the answer regarding the Bible translation. From this translation, I was able to pick up that this is the verse that Shane & Shane used for this song, “Be Near, O, God”. I enjoy and am ministered to so much by hymns and Christian songs. It is so cool when I read a verse, and it connects to a song I know!

  6. Jennie P says:

    Such a great reminder that when I sin, God sees it as it happens and he sees what is in my heart. Yet by the same token it means that when I am tempted, he is right there with me and when I ask, he will help me to resist that sin. How amazing that the Lord of the universe is able to pay such close attention to all of his children. What an amazing privilege it is to be loved by such a God. May we all live lives worthy of such a calling.

  7. Dawn says:

    This past year has been filled with struggle. Death, loss, grief, saying goodbye and letting dreams go. God has been with me, is with me. I know His promise and I believe it. Yet, I found myself really angry yesterday, I had an honest conversation with God. I cried out, have I not followed you well enough? Why don’t you help my family? Where are you God?! Questions asked through the ages.
    What a sweet reminder today to read these words of scripture. This beautifully written devotional is a balm to my soul. Thank you for your ministry!

  8. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love that God is always with me, never will leave me, and sees me. Thank you Jesus for this promise.