The Presence of God
God is present everywhere. Even if you wanted to escape from Him, you could not. You may wander away from God. You may try to run from Him. But He is inescapable.
We are human after all, and we humans want to do things our own way. So, sometimes we may try to run or hide. Until we finally come to a place where we tire of running. And we find there really is no place we can run to or hide from God. He is always reaching out to us. God offers His inescapable presence as a love gift to us.
Look at Psalms 139
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
The words of Psalm 139 are among the most poetic in the Scriptures: “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?” The meaning is profound. “If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I go to the farthest limits of the sea, even there your right hand shall hold me fast.” Draw these pictures in your imagination: up to the heavens, down to under the world, or escape to the deepest limits of the sea. The question asked and answered: Where can I go? Where can I flee? Nowhere! God is everywhere. He loves you so much that He knows exactly where you are, who you are, and what you need with every breath that you breathe. You can know with all your heart that you can trust Him!
You can trust Him. He’s got you! Even when you are fearful, or full of guilt and uncertainty, God is right there with you. God is ready to hold you and lead you out of any difficulty or situation.
Psalm 139 shows us not to fear but to trust and know that nothing can separate us from the loving presence of God. Wherever we go, whatever happens to us, God is there. So, if you are running from Him – you can stop! He knows who you are and where you are!
The first two verses of Psalm 139 teaches us that not only is God’s love present with us, but God also knows us. The psalmist writes “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.” God knows your very thoughts – all that you think and say and do – moment by moment.
You cannot hide from Him, but you can hide in Him!
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