Welcome to Day 17 of our 31 Attributes of God series! If you missed a day, you can find all of our posts right here. Be sure to grab the accompanying free printable here (no email address required!) and join us for today's study!
Yesterday, we talked about God's omnipotence - His unlimited power. Today, let's look at His Omnipresence - His ability to be everywhere at once.
You and I each live in our own, confined bodies. We can't ever be in two places at once (unless you straddle a state line, I guess), much less be everywhere at all times! But God can. He doesn't have the same limitations and restrictions that we have. He isn't confined by time, space, or location.
And not only can He be everywhere all the time, He can also see, understand, and know everything everywhere, too. When I try to think about two different things at once, my little brain gets very fuzzy very fast, and I do a poor job of thinking much about either topic I'm trying to juggle. But again, the Lord has no such problems. He can have intimate conversation with each of His children simultaneously. His omnipresence is beyond our understanding!
Although the word omnipresence isn't expressly stated in Scripture, there are many Bible verses that describe this astounding attribute:
- Psalm 139:7-10 - "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me" (NKJV).
- Proverbs 15:3 - "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good" (NKJV).
- Jeremiah 23:24 - "'Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?' says the Lord; 'Do I not fill heaven and earth?' says the Lord" (NKJV).
With our finite minds, we can't fully comprehend God's omnipresence. But we can each live in close fellowship with our Heavenly Father, knowing that He is in sweet fellowship with thousands upon thousands at the same time without ever diminishing the intimate time He has with each of us.
Today's Assignment: Read the story of Jonah (even though most of us are very familiar with this story, it's a great one to reread). What happened when he attempted to flee from God's presence? Was he able to? How does knowing that God is everywhere all the time help you grow in your faith?