THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD: REALITIES TO ACKNOWLEDGE #3!
THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD: REALITIES TO ACKNOWLEDGE #3. Yesterday we noticed two things about the reality of God’s Omnipresence. There is one last reality we need to reflect on today from Psalm 139. “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you,” (Psalm 138:11-12 NIV). Darkness cannot hide us from God. We are sometimes like Adam & Eve after they sinned. They tried to hide from God but God knew where they were. Adam & Eve could not hide from God and neither can we even if we try to hide in the darkness. I remember my childhood days of “kick the can” and “hide & seek.” Darkness was great for hiding from the other kids. But it doesn’t work with God.
Isaiah 45:7 quotes God as saying, “I form the light and create darkness.” The creator of light and darkness is certainly not affected by either. Darkness will not hide us from God. As David said, “Darkness is like light to God.” Hebrews 4:13 says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” If you remember, Saddam Hussain the cruel dictator of Iraq, tried to hide in a hole in the ground to escape capture but finally our troops captured him. How foolish of us to think that we can hide from God in the darkness, like a man hiding in a hole in the ground. Sin committed in the cover of darkness may keep other people from seeing it happen but God’s vision is not obstructed by darkness; physical darkness or spiritual darkness. God is Omnipresent. There is no place we can hide from God.
What life applications may we apply to our reflections on the Omnipresence of God? Today let me offer this application for non-Christians and tomorrow let me offer several applications of this truth for Christians. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13 NIV). “But he (Jesus) has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:26-28 NIV). God knows all about us and He loves us anyway. And we must give an account for our lives. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. And the wages of sin is death. We are all destined to die and then face judgment. But Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins. He did that by dying on the cross so that we don’t have to face the judgment of God ourselves. But the payment for our sins is only effective for us personally if we stop trying to hide from God, and if we confess our sins to God and accept his payment for our sins in Jesus Christ. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13NIV). Isn’t it time to come out of spiritual darkness and find light and life in Jesus Christ?