by Eric Dunbar
The one attribute of God that we should always be mindful of, it is God is omnipresent. When we say God is omnipresent, it means that God is everywhere at the same time. His presence knows no boundaries. This truth is taught throughout the Bible as the phrase “I am with you always” is repeated 22 times in both the Old and New Testaments. Jesus even uttered these words of assurance to His disciples after telling them to take the message of the gospel to the entire world.
But for many people this statement brings controversy. For example, when people experience an emotionally catastrophic event, such as the death of someone close to them, they might ask, “Where was God?” But God is omnipresent — everywhere simultaneously — and He sees and knows everything that happens anywhere.
What Does ‘God Is Omnipresent’ Mean?
The prefix Omni is Latin and it means all. So, to refer to God as omnipresent is to say that God is present everywhere at all times.
When the Bible says that God is omnipresent, it means that God is simultaneously present in every part of His creation. As incredible as it may seem, God knows everything about all of us, right down to our thoughts and intentions. An omnipresent God is beyond our comprehension.
God is present in all time and space, but He is not limited to any time or space. In other words, God is everywhere and in every now. God is attentively present in the lives of all who call upon His name.
In some scriptures the omnipresence of God is an apparent paradox, such as the presence of God in hell. According to scripture, hell is the place where the wicked will endure the unceasing fury and anger because of their sin. If, according to the Bible, hell is a place of eternal separation from God, then it would stand to reason that God cannot be in hell. However, the Bible also says that the wicked in hell endure God’s everlasting anger in the presence of the Lamb. Such a paradox can be explained by the fact that God is present everywhere because God fills all things with His presence. In fact, without God’s presence, nothing — not even hell — could exist, as all things are held together by the word of His power.
There Is No Place Where God Is Not Present
There is no physical location in the entire universe where a person can hide from the presence of God. King David wrote, “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.” The Prophet Jonah found out the hard way that there is no place to hide from the presence of God.
David asked the question, “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” God is ‘Spirit’, and it is through God’s Spirit that He has access to all of His creation all of the time. And while God is everywhere because He is Spirit, it is still possible for us to be separated from God. The Bible tells us that our iniquities have separated us from God. But we can be thankful that God is merciful. Because of His mercy and grace our loving heavenly Father sent His Son to die on our behalf. On the cross Jesus was separated from God as He took upon Himself the full penalty of our sins.
Our omnipresent God is everywhere in the universe because He is Spirit, and His Spirit is infinite.