By Rev. Doug Clay
Jeremiah 23:24 (GNT)
“…Do you not know that I am everywhere in heaven and on earth?”
Psalm 139:7-9 (NIV)
“ 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea….”
God is everywhere! He’s not limited by space. He’s not confined to one location. It is this knowledge of God’s Omnipresence that can make a huge difference in your life when you are experiencing loneliness, anxiety, temptation and discouragement. Consider this…when you are lonely, God is there.
Psalm 25:16 (NIV)
“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”
There are several different kinds of loneliness. There’s loneliness due to the death of a friend or family member. There’s loneliness on a business trip. There’s the loneliness of going to a new school. There’s the loneliness of feeling like you’re not understood. There’s even loneliness in success…the reality is, you will be lonely sometime in life. In fact, the first thing that God did after creation was to fix the loneliness factor for Adam. He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
If you are experiencing loneliness, I want you to think about and reflect on God’s presence—His close presence—His nearness and keep this in mind…
1.) God is your companion.
Hebrews 13:5b (NIV)
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
2.) God calls you friend.
John 15:14a (NIV)
“You are my friends….”
3.) God will never ask you to do anything by yourself.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
4.) God loves to cheer you up.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Omnipresence simply means that God is here, there and everywhere. I can promise you that His presence will make a delightful difference in your life!
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.