Only twelve people have been able to successfully travel to the moon. Only three people have been able to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on the ocean floor. There have been more people on the moon than on the bottom of the ocean!
From this we see that there are limitations in what we are able to do and where we are able to go. For us to be able to travel to the moon and reach the bottom of the ocean takes huge effort and resources. But with God that is not the case! There are no limitations to where God is able to be. He is omni-present. He is able to be everywhere all the time. He is able to see and keep record of all we do!
Consider several verses that announce this truth:
“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.”
– Psalm 139:7-10
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
– Proverbs 15:3
“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.”
– Hebrews 4:13
The omni-presence of God should impact us in two ways:
First, this reality should comfort us. The fact that God is able to be everywhere all the time means that there is never a moment when He is not with us (Matthew 28:20). There may be times when people leave us and forsake us, but God never will (2 Timothy 4:16-17). Even though we can’t see God with the naked eye (because He is spirit according to John 4:24), He is there. Even though He dwells in heaven (John 14:2), His presence is always with us. He sees what we are doing; He hears our prayers; He is fully capable of helping us in our lives.
Second, this reality should also put some godly fear in our hearts. Since God is capable of being everywhere and is watching all we do, that means there is nothing we can hide from Him. He knows the words we speak, the things we are watching, and how we are treating others. God is aware of all we do and He will hold us accountable for our actions (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). This is something Joseph understood while living as a slave in Egypt (Genesis 39:9). Unfortunately, Ananias and Sapphira had to learn this the hard way (Acts 5:1-11).
The fact that God is able to be everywhere and see all is just another quality He possesses that makes Him so great! The challenge for us is to be mindful of this all the time. If we are constantly aware of the presence of God, we will be lifted up in our dark moments and ever mindful of how our actions impact our relationship with Him.
– Shawn Jeffries