We know that God is omnipresent. He is everywhere, and He is omniscient. He knows all that we do.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 (NASB)
“Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God far Off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see Him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord
When I say that God is everywhere, do not be confused into thinking He is in all things. God, the maker of time and space, is not limited in His creation. He transcends creation, so this is not a matter of physical location. If God’s presence is not about a physical location, then what is the Presence of God?
God’s Presence in our lives
God speaks through the scriptures saying “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
Psalm 139:7 (NASB)
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
Few people before the first coming of Christ have been in the Presence of God. Before the fall, Adam and Eve walked with God. Moses frequently spoke with God, and was called a friend of God. Isaiah, before the Throne of God, declared he was not worthy to be before God. The high priest could only enter the Most Holy of Holies in the Temple once a year, and only with blood.
The descending of Jesus Christ, the once and far all sacrifice made and resurrection, changed how we approach God. It changed how we are atoned for our sins. He made it possible for us to have His Spirit within us, and with His Spirit in us, He abides in us. Jesus tore the veil, and we can approach God directly.
Hebrews 4:16 (NASB)
Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.
The Presence of God is seen by His grace, His hand upon the world. We become aware of God’s love working in this world as we deepen in love and knowledge of Christ. Many reject Him, but we can come close to His presence in communion with the Holy Spirit.
Awareness of God’s Presence
When Paul was preaching in Athens, he explained how all nations came from one man, and how God intended man to inhabit earth. He states:
Acts 17:27 (NIV)
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
Having knowledge of God is not enough. We need to seek Him in all of our ways. With our heart and mind, we must seek His Presence.
When the Spirit of God came upon Azariah to speak to Asa (aw-saw’).
2 Chronicles 15:2 (NIV)
He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”
If we seek Him, He will be found in us.
Drawing near to God
Approaching God for mercy is the start of a beautiful relationship, a covenant, between Jesus Christ and us. A personal, intimate relationship, where He knows you and you know Him.
A covenant is a two way street, not only is God to love us, but we need to love God. Not only does God come close to us, but we are to come close to Him. Jesus will not transgress our will, meaning He is not going to force us into a relationship. He has made the way, but we need to open ourselves to Him by drawing near to Him.
James 4:8a (NASB)
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
Come near to God, approach Him, set your mind and hearts on Him.
Psalm 145:18 (NIV)
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
James 4:10 (NIV)
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
- Know that God is with you through the Holy Spirit
- Keep your Heart and Mind fixed on Him
- Seek to be humble and loving
- Look at each moment as communion with Jesus Christ