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.

  9. Rebecca Barrouk says:

    Needed to read this today! So many times when I’m feeling anxious or stressed I forget this very important characteristic of God! Such a great reminder + blessing!

  10. Marilyn Jones says:

    This morning I awoke to a text from our daughter who lives a couple of hours away asking us to pray because she has been up most of the night vomiting she has had GI issues since Jr. high she is now 30. Loves God serves Him my first prayers were Lord don’t You see her, why is this still happening. She eats correctly avoids all of her food allergies and still…
    And then through this devotional God reminded me that He sees her, knows her, and will never leave her!

  11. Katie Lokey says:

    Psalms 139:12 “for darkness is as light with you” such a good reminder for me to stay close to his heart always , but especially when I struggle with bouts of depression. Loved this reminder today

  12. Mary Martinez says:

    God is so good!

  13. Rachel Boldman says:

    27that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us….
    I love “perhaps feel their way toward him and find him…”. As a counselor I understand “feeling” as emotion, and this highlights for me how God is present and calling us even through our emotions. It also reminds me of trying to find the bathroom in the dark—hands outstretched hoping to prevent a fall or a stubbed toe.

  14. Abigail Reeder says:

    Love the psalm 139 verse! I hate to admit it but I’m often afraid of darkness (whether real or metaphorical) – need a reminder of HIS light

  15. Mary says:

    Always present! Being mindful of this promise gives us confidence and assurance we are never alonw.

  16. Juanita Zaring says:

    I really enjoy these readings, so glad someone introduced me to them. God is my constant companion, and I am.never alone.

  17. Tiffany G says:

    When I feel alone i have to remember he is with me. And when I feel like he doesn’t know what I’m feeling I have to remember he has never left my side

  18. Angie says:

    I’m a little late to this study but so glad I started it! Had some music on in the background while reading this tonight and just as I finished and was thanking God for always being near, Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells came on, just solidifying that God is always with us, no matter if we are at a high and on a mountaintop in our spiritual journey, or if we are struggling with something in the valley, he never leaves our side. Praise God for his constant presence to guide us, comfort us, sustain us.

  19. Laura Hosking says:

    Literally just what I needed! My eating disorder mental battle flared up last night and this morning! And this is the reminder I needed!!!

  20. Maiya H says:

    Amen!!!! God walks with be moment by moment.

  21. Steph C says:

    God is always present with each of us. Every day. Everywhere. All the time. This can be terrifying. Or comforting. Threatening. Or reassuring. It all depends on how we see Him. What our relationship with Him is. He loves me. He redeemed me. He restored me. He is my God. And my Father. He delights in me and rejoices over me. But He is grieved by my sin. And distance grows between us when I try to hide. Oh Father, forgive me and restore me once again.

  22. Jessica Bergren says:

    This is such a comforting reminder as I’m dealing with grief. I feel alone a lot and I needed this reminder that I’m really not alone.

  23. Terrisa Stewart says:

    It is truly comforting to know that God is always with us. It can feel lonely because we cannot see Him physically but with our third eye, our eyes of faith, we come to know Him intimately as he intended.

  24. Katelyn Kenney says:

    Love that we’re all feeling our way towards God: stumbling and bumping into things but never without Him

  25. Natasha R says:

    Hi SRT team, thanks once again for the amazing work. I would just like to highlight the glitches in the app that I have encountered, which I’m sure others have called attention to already. (1) The posts are not in chronological order, and some are shown as having been posted months ago, thought it seems they were posts about the current devotional. Furthermore, replies that I have been making to other people’s posts appear as separate posts. I really appreciate this chat feature in the app, as the conversations and exchanges here give me great insights. However, because of these glitches, the flow of the discussions are not as smooth as they can be. (2) When I am typing a post and try to leave the typing window to scroll through the chat to look for specific posts to reply to (I am usually looking for specific ladies to pray for), the app posts the unfinished message. Now, both these issued are minor to me, and they will not stop me from growing and learning with these devotionals, but I do pray that God gives you the resources and expertise to fix them. Thanks once again for the work that you do! ❤️❤️❤️

  26. Natasha R says:

    I love how the Old Testament readings in this devotional show me how God is everywhere, BIG, glorious and powerful and how the New Testament verses remind me the He is INTIMATE with me, walking beside me and living inside me. There is truly no escaping his presence, and that is extremely comforting as well as a firm reminder

    1. Natasha R says:

      Okay, reposting this as I did not mean for my earlier unfinished post to be sent. I love how the Old Testament readings in this devotional show me how God is everywhere, BIG, glorious and powerful and how the New Testament verses remind me that He is INTIMATE with me, walking beside me and living inside me. There is truly no escaping his presence, and that is extremely comforting, and also a firm reminder to always walk in His Ways. Thank you SRT team for this wonderful devotional. Julie, I am praying for you, your daughter and the hospital team taking care of her. Angie, thank you for that lovely reminder that we are all equally loved and cherished by God. ❤️

  27. Teel Kelley says:

    Amen

  28. Hayley Chipper says:

    I love this. Over the last six months I have been through some really dark valleys, and in those valleys all I was able to do was to lean further into God and trust in His goodness. Knowing that He was always there with me in that valley, and experiencing it personally made Him so much more real. Now, coming out of that valley, I know that yes, God is omnipresent, even in places you wouldn’t expect Him to be.

  29. PamC says:

    Thank you Angie.
    Thank you Churchmouse

  30. Christina says:

    I love the word omnipresent as a description of God’s presence. Near or far, God is there. I find this especially comforting due to my history of years of darkness blocking my view from seeing His presence. I love the fact that God has been there from the very beginning, loving me just like any other child of His. He is OMNIPRESENT.

    1. Anna Quinn says:

      I identify greatly with what you said about “history of years of darkness blocking my view from seeing His prescience”. I just came out of a season of darkness and had convinced myself that God did not see me or care. His omnipresence means that not only did He break through to me, He never ever left me. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Sherryl says:

    Angie – Thank you for your post. I want to carry your words with me always. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 19 years. I absolutely love it and love how it allows me to care for my kids, my husband, my friends, my family, my home, and myself. I am living my dream and still to this day feel like this is what I am meant to be doing. However, I live in a very fast-paced, highly educated part of the country, where it seems the “norm” is to be a working mom. Because of this, for the past 10 or so years, I have been hopping from career idea to career idea, from part-time job to part time job, and from school programs to different Master’s Degrees, so I can feel as though I am just as “worthy” as others. Thank you for helping me to see that my worth is not in what others think, but in what God thinks! He is with me always, has planned this for my life, and my value and purpose in found in Him and through Him! He is with me always!

  32. Mari V says:

    God is omnipresent. He is with me always! He has never left me. He has never left me and my kids. He hasn’t even left their dad. He promises that HE is with me always! I’m so grateful that is the God that we serve. Another thing that stood out to me this morning is from the author of today’s devotion is: We think twice before giving into temptation knowing our sins are not a secret. I pray may I always be on guard not just because my sins are not a secret to my God but because I have a little eyes watching me.

  33. NanaK says:

    Julie, I am lifting your dear daughter up in prayer along with you. May you receive strength and comfort from the knowledge that our Lord and Savior is ALWAYS with you.

    Angie, Thank you for sharing. I agree 100%!

    I do our devotional both in the SRT book and online. I guess I’m a bit “old school” in that I like having the book to really digest each lesson and underline everything and write all over, but I also love being able to come here and glean insight and strength from each SRT Sister’s sharing.

    Today, I’ve underlined just about the whole devotional. Isn’t it amazing and comforting to know—really know that “the presence of God is not limited to any one location,” ? He is with each and every one of us just where we are–in the midst of our joys and sorrows, strengths and weaknesses. Our God, maker of the universe and EVERYTHING in it, cares that much for me and for you! I pray all of my dear SRT Sisters have a blessed day resting in that truth.

  34. Stephanie S says:

    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 139:11-12

    As one who has recently spent 2+ years walking(barely) through a terrible season of spiritual darkness, I find so much hope in this verse. As darkness consumed me and overwhelmed me, He was there. He knew when and how I would come out of the darkness and back into the light. He went before me and He stood behind me. Thank you God. You are God – Creator and Sustainer of all things. You are unchanging as my seasons change. You are always present in the darkness and in the light. I am so thankful for this reminder today.

    If you are in a storm. If you are consumed by darkness. He is there. Know this today.

    1. Kateraina Piubello says:

      ❤amen sister

    2. Emma Wells says:

      ❤️

  35. Erin Mirabal says:

    God is always present. I also notice that ever verse had Heavens and Earth. I plead for Christians to seek the Bible and be aware of others that say we are a universe. If God didn’t want the Tower of Babel to be built to the heaven why would it change now. Dont be fooled to think their are galaxies and other planets. We are God’s focus he made the world for us. We have the night lights Moon and Stars. The Heavens are the only thing up and the waters below.

  36. Rebecca Earnest says:

    I always love to be reminded that God is with me always. When Jesus says it at the end of the Great Commission, I’m always filled with such hope and joy. I pray this statement stays with me today, that it comes to mind every time I’m struggling to keep my temper and frustration at a minimum with a rowdy class of kids, today. It’s conferences and our schedule is completely messed up and the weather has been off, which always makes for a crazy day. I pray that I can remember to be in constant communication with a God who loves me and is always with me. I pray that for all of you, too.

  37. Angela Greenwood says:

    I needed reminder that God is with me today, near and close by. I’m so thankful and grateful.

  38. Churchmouse says:

    No matter my age, I’m still that mother hen who would like her chicks(no matter their ages) to huddle close beneath my wings,safe and warm in a feathery embrace. This is a nice visual but so not real life. Who am I,a simple human, to think my mere presence could protect them from whatever they might encounter?!? I’m so grateful that the all powerful God of the universe is omnipresent. Our oldest daughter and her family live only twenty minutes from us – God is there. Our youngest daughter lives in New Mexico – two time zones away – God is there. Her husband is currently deployed to an undisclosed location – God is there. Wherever, God is there. Such a comfort. More importantly they all have a relationship with God. Not only is God with them, and us, wherever we go but we also take Him with us. We have the privilege to talk about Him and live out our faith in Him. He is ever with us and in us. May we all represent Him well.

  39. Lisa Keller says:

    So lovely to be sealed by this truth after a traumatic call from our kids school yesterday. My story and His are so delicately intertwines.

  40. Courtney Winston says:

    What an awesome truth that God isn’t far but he is near to us. He is always with us. His presence is my good! Praying for you and your precious daughter, Julie.

  41. Heidi says:

    For myself it’s important to remember His consistency and presence in my day, in the big-trials of life AND throughout tasks I deem boring or unimportant. But bigger than that I need to remember that promise is there for others, not just for me to rest in. He says to go, be His hands and His feet and carry His news to others- it’s so imperative that we don’t just hold on to this for ourselves but that we are putting into practice daily, moment by moment, interaction to interaction, the attributes and characteristics of our Savior so that we can reveal His omnipresence to others who are unaware. It’s incredible that we serve a God who makes Himself consistently available to us- but what good is it if we don’t open the eyes of those around us to experience that same awareness?

    1. Betty Tang says:

      Today I am reminded that no tasks are as significant as bringing people closer to God. And most recently, God has placed me in a job where I feel so small and powerless without Him. A job where I deem it’s boring and unimportant for me… Heidi, can you share how I can help others experience him?

  42. Lisa S says:

    I’m so sorry Julie. Be strong and courageous. ❤️

  43. Angie says:

    Many years ago as a new wife and teacher, I went to a conference “in the big city,” with a veteran teacher. The final day of the conference we went to one of those Japanese restaurants where you sit with people you don’t know and they cook in front of you. There were probably 8-10 people at our table. In the group was a nuclear physicist and a bio-chemist along with several other highly intellectual people from different parts of the US. I remember being awed and overwhelmed at the same time. I listened as each shared their impressive work.

    Unchangeable, perfect God: He is everything, over everything, and exists everywhere creating each person for a plan and a purpose – loving each one, purely and completely. The nuclear physicist is no more important to Him than the stay-at-home mom. He is with the bio-chemist and the rookie teacher equally holding, loving, and guiding them. Our occupation, location, gender, intellect, do not make us more or less valuable to him. He was God in my past, He is God today, and He will be God for every moment to come. My life will change in seasons and circumstances but, He. Does. Not. WHATEVER my present, He is present. WHEREVER my present, He is present. WHENEVER my present, He is present. My present value and purpose is ONLY found in his presence.

    My hope is Job’s hope: He knows the way I have taken, He is there. I will emerge as pure gold. My feet will follow his tracks, I will not turn aside or depart from his commands, treasuring his words more than food. He will accomplish what he has decreed for me – I will trust him.

    He. Is. With. You: Julie, Casi, Helen, Ashley, Tricia C., Sarah D., Dorathy, Sabrina, Kathy…SRT women, neighbor, friend, co-worker, family member, stranger…He. Is. With. You. If you know him, that brings peace. If you do not, today is the day for His presence to be your present.

    1. Janelle VanErp says:

      ❤️

    2. Chelsea V says:

      Thank you for this ❤️

    3. Cady R says:

      Beautifully said

    4. Jennifer AndersMiller says:

      Yes!!

    5. Brandi Byers says:

      Beautiful❤️❤️❤️

    6. Willonda McCloud says:

      Well said! Good bless!
      Good

    7. Mary ReinhartBerg says:

      Beautiful words❤️

    8. Kyanni Durham says:

      ♥️ amen

    9. Mir K says:

      Amen❤️

    10. Sarah Sheffield says:

      Amen this is beautiful

    11. Marushca VanNoordwyk says:

      ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  44. Kristen says:

    Many things came to mind in today’s readings and teaching. I just read the study in the First 5 app from Proverbs 31 on Proverbs 15. The teaching was about the key verse a gentle word turns away wrath. God is everywhere. He knows and hears what I say and do. Jesus talks about giving an account for every word. This really makes me pray for His help, so my words and actions are pleasing. Also, the verses today from Acts: “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:26-27‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/111/act.17.26-27.niv Remind me of a teaching I heard. This man said that God appointed every person to live at the exact time, place, and the best situation for them to accept Him. I can’t remember the exact words, but that gave me such peace. He wants all to come to repentance! He does not want any to perish without salvation, and they are born and living in the most optimal circumstances for this to happen! He’s everything! He’s everywhere, and He is amazing!

  45. Ana Ruiz says:

    Beautiful!!!

  46. Julie Whitacre says:

    Sitting here in the ER with my seven-year-old daughter who had another long seizure tonight. So thankful that he is with me and he guides me no matter how little energy I have to trust & engage, or be present, or even turn to him. I am comforted that I can trust he is here and guiding me, and that he holds me even when I have no energy to hold on to anyone at all. Like a weaned child who quietly lays against her parents chest, I can give up all control, knowing that he tenderly protects and cares for me. Thank you, Father❤️

    1. Alice Carroll says:

      Praying for you, Julie.

    2. Emily W says:

      Prayers

    3. Jen Brewer says:

      Prayers for you and your daughter ❤️

    4. Lisa Keller says:

      You are holding well sister with arms around your daughter. May the darkness fall back soon to His light of day

    5. Mari V says:

      Praying for strength Erin and for your daughter’s health.

    6. Brandi Byers says:

      Praying so hard for you and your daughter ❤️

  47. Crystal says:

    “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.”

    This struck a chord with me today. This is where I long to be. To abide in Him moment by moment and to seek His wisdom during those moments when my everyday life grabs a hold of me and I temporarily forget My Heavenly Father is right next to me to seek counsel. Why do I remember after the moment has passed? I can envision the ability to discern His voice through the noise of the secular world.The peace it will bring me and the fears it would relieve if I could just abide and dwell in the Lord instead of the moment. Help me Father to abide in you from moment to moment and that praying constantly becomes my second language.

    1. Shawn Parks says:

      Your words. My heart.

      1. Diana Degnan says:

        Ah!!! So so true !

    2. Taylor Hite says:

      Yes!!

    3. Jen Brewer says:

      Amen! That is my heart too. Thank you for sharing, Crystal.

    4. Cassie Schneider says:

      Yes! I pray for the same for myself. This also struck a chord with me today!

    5. Emily G says:

      i feel this way so often!! it is far too easy to get caught up in the world and forget about God. forget that he is right here with us. praying for us ladies today- that we would remember to invite God into our daily lives and allow him to be a part of the conversation. an endless conversation

    6. Linnea Constant says:

      Exactly my prayer too❤️

    7. Jennifer AndersMiller says:

      Amen

    8. Sarah Jozsa says:

      Wow your comment hit home for me.

    9. Andrea P says:

      ❤️