by John Henson
“Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:23-24).
God has the ability to be everywhere at the same time.
This attribute is called omnipresence and there is much conjecture about it. Of course, the major problem is the same problem with many of God’s attributes: people often look at the attributes of God from a human perspective instead of remembering God is not human.
Jesus, in John 4:24, said, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” So, we cannot think of God as being a physical or corporeal being and one who perceives things necessarily the same way we do.
Therefore, it is possible for God to be with a person in Paris, and with me in the United States.
The mistake many people make is that God is too often away looking into other things and not present watching them. God told Jeremiah, “Am I a God at hand, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?”
Such an idea betrays man’s thinking as simply too human. God is not human. He fills heaven and earth, as Jeremiah wrote.
This is proven in Jesus, the Son of God, and his knowledge of Nathaniel in John 1:47-49. Jesus’ ability to have knowledge of Nathaniel showed this attribute of omnipresence.
The psalmist wrote, “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether,” (Psalm 139:2-4, ESV).
When the psalmist wrote God had the ability to “search out” David’s path, he meant that God has the ability to peer right into the very essence of David’s thought and character. And, so, he knows each of us on that very same level.