“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?”
There is no place you or I can go that God is not already there. Omnipresence means that He is present in all places at all times. He was with Paul and Silas in prison and in the fiery furnace with the three Hebrew servants. At the same time, He was comforting His troubled churches in the Book of Acts; He was confronting and converting Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus. He is everywhere. He indwells every true saint of God, is seated in glory in Heaven, and fills the universe – all at the same time. He watches over some as they sleep while seeing others as they serve, and hearing others as they worship.
God is omnipresent. We are always in His presence. For those who love Him and want to please Him, that is a most comforting reality. He is always near. He sees our needs, hears our cries, and knows our troubles. For those who are more interested in mischief and rebellion, the omnipresence of God can be a disturbing thought. We are never out of His presence. Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” God’s omnipresence fosters a healthy fear of God. The Lord God sees every action, hears every word, and knows every thought. He is with us when we lay down to sleep, watches over us as we slumber, is there when we awake, and we never leave His care. No righteous deed goes unnoticed to His all seeing watch. I Peter 3:12 reminds us, “the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.”
How foolish it is to try to run from God. We have heard the testimony of those who sought to escape from the presence of God. It is not possible. The prodigal son found God’s convicting presence in the hog pen, and Jonah found Him in the belly of the whale. Achan could not get by with his secret sin because there is One that sees all. How many times this has brought assurance and peace to our hearts! We are not alone.
You may not feel His presence or see evidence that He is there, but be confident He is near. How absolutely wonderful God is! If you could travel to the farthest star in Heaven or the lowest part of the ocean, if you could go to the remotest part of the jungle, He would be there awaiting you. Give thanks and praise to our omnipresent God.