“Omni” means all.
Omnipresent means “all present” or, more correctly present
everywhere at the same time.
The Earth is about 196,940,400 square miles.
Each one of us takes up 10 square feet.
Each person is on 0.00000000000018% of the earth
God is on 100% of the Earth.
If we walked 3 mph it would take us 3747 years to walk on
every square foot of the Earth.
God is on all of it at once.
And even beyond that, He is present throughout the depths of
In fact, God is present in every part of the Universe down
to even beyond the atomic level.
1 Kings 8:27, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth?
Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this
house which I have built!”
God does not fill the universe like a hand would fill a
glove; rather, God fills the universe like the ocean fills a bottle on its
Omnipresence is not to be confused with pantheism.
Omnipresence states that God is present everywhere. Pantheism states that
everything is god and that god is everything. Omnipresence is truth; pantheism
God is spirit. Spirit and matter do not compete for space.
The can coexist.
Colossians 1:17, “He is before all things, and in Him all things
Each atom only exists or stays together because God holds it
together. So should there be a place where God does not exist then, in fact,
that place could not exist either. It wouldn’t even be empty space; it would be
Because God is omnipresent it means that all of God exists
in every place. There is no place in the Universe where God is more loving or
more holy. We do not have to go to a church or a temple to get more of God.
When the Bible speaks of God sitting on a throne in Heaven
that does not mean that the person of God is in Heaven and everywhere else is
some kind of non-personal spirit. Nothing could be God that is not all of God.
God’s omnipresence vs. the presence of God
These should not be confused.
One is the positional being of God; the other is an immediate
relationship with that being.
Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; In
Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures
Though God is everywhere it is obvious that there is not
fullness of joy everywhere.
The presence of God is not just an awareness that He is
present; the unrighteous can believe that and still be joyless. The presence of
the Lord is experiencing what He is, not merely that He is. It is drawing near
to God that He might draw near to us. The presence of God is direct intimate
communion. It is not merely thinking of God as Creator but as Father and
You can be surrounded by people and everyone is ignoring
everyone else. Presence does not necessitate intimacy.
Or there can only be two people but be in a relationship.
We can never escape God’s presence
3But Jonah rose up
to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD So he went down to Joppa,
found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it
to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so
that the ship was about to break up.
Verse 3 twice states that Jonah was fleeing from the presence
of the Lord. Then the very next verse tells us what the Lord did to Jonah.
Jonah was never further from God on the ship then when he
was being directly spoken to by God on the land.
Jeremiah 23:24, “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.
Hebrews 4:13, And there is no creature hidden from His
sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we
have to do.
As with God’s omniscience, when we are tempted to sin we
should remember that God is right there.
Where can we go to avoid the One who fills all in all? The
solution to rebellion and temptation is not escape but obedience.
God all around us
When a solder goes into a war zone he does not want to be
exposed and vulnerable. Danger can come from any angle. He prefers to be
surrounded by as much armor as possible with the best option being inside an
There are many ways and angles that life can hurt us.
Sometimes our past can haunt us. At other times we may be heading into a bad
situation. We may be blindsided by a malicious attack from a colleague, friend,
or relative. But praise God that He is there for us.
God is behind us. He protects us from our past. Isaiah 58:8,
“The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.”
God is above us. He covers us from those who arrogantly
stand above us and make accusations. Psalm 91:4, “He will cover you with His
pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge.”
God is in front of us. He goes before us so that we might
make right decisions. Isaiah 45:2, “"I will go before you and make the
rough places smooth.”
God is under us. He cushions and comforts us when we fall.
Deuteronomy 33:7, “The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the
God is to our left and to our right. He guards us from
unexpected attacks. Psalm 125:2, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the
LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.”
Of course, God does allow some attacks to get through but
even then He is there to give wisdom, support, and comfort. We are truly
surrounded by God.
What Does God’s Omnipresence Mean to Us?
Nothing can block out God
No matter how great the evil surrounding us
No matter how large the physical barrier
No matter how thick the darkness
God can always hear our prayers
He can always deliver us
He can always comfort, support, and encourage us and fill us
with His grace
He is always with us to the end of the age
Matthew 28:20, “teaching them to
observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end
of the age.”
He will never leave nor forsake us
Hebrews 13:5, “Make sure that your
character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for
He Himself has said, " I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE
No matter how horrible the crisis or how confused life may
become, God is always right there to help us out. No matter how deep our sin
God is always there to give us victory. Even if we are abandoned by all others
God is still there for us.
God is not so much a lighthouse that we have to move towards
to get out of trouble;
Rather, He is like a shepherd who picks us up and carries us
away from danger.
If God is for us then who can be against us?
If God is with us then who can triumph over us?
Who could ever imagine a god as great as the One who is
real? We could never create a god as great as the One who created us.
Living God’s Presence
As we enter into a saving relationship with God one thing we
notice is a greater awareness of His presence.
Brother Lawrence wrote “Practicing the Presence of God.”
Even just the title alone should inspire us. We should always make ourselves be
aware of the presence of God.
Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, A
victorious warrior He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His
love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
Notice that He is in our midst. He is not across the street
or across the Universe. If God were a person right now then each and every
person could always and everywhere reach out and touch Him.
Maintain a constant mindset of God being right here with
While singing in the church, think of God sitting next to you.
While driving, think of God as in the seat beside you.
While going to sleep at night, think of God as lying down in bed
When you pray, don’t pray as if God is distant, but prayer
as if God is right there face to face with you.
When you read your Bible, do so with the feeling that Jesus
is leaning over you from behind reading with you.
Cook, brush your teeth, get the mail: do all things with God
as your constant companion.
23Nevertheless I am
continually with You;
You have taken hold of my
24With Your counsel You will guide me,
And afterward receive me
In addition to the ones discussed above, what are some other assurances
that God’s omnipresence means to us?
If God is everywhere, then why do so many people, including many
Christians, feel so abandoned and alone?
does knowing that God is omnipresent help us as we go through life?
will our understanding of God’s relationship to us help us in our relationships
God is all around me and with me then why do not I feel His presence in some
special obvious way?
8:9 reads, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the
Spirit of God dwells in you but if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,
he does not belong to Him.” If God is everywhere then how can someone not have
the Spirit of Christ?
18:20 says, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am
there in their midst.” If God is omnipresent then is not He already in our
midst all of the time anyway? So what does this verse mean?
Floyd got saved around a year ago and when he started coming
to your church you became friends. Though you know that no one completely
cleans up every aspect of their life soon after becoming a Christian you have a
suspicion that Floyd still regularly indulges in pornography. You have asked
him about it and his reply is always that he used to be heavy into it but that
stopped immediately after he got saved. Then one day you are at his house and
you notice a pornography magazine that was carelessly left on a table. You
notice that it is a recent issue. Just then Floyd walks into the room and sees
what you have found. He stammers but cannot explain it away. You ask him to sit
down. What will you say to him and how might God’s omnipresence prove to be a