Does God Go on Vacation?

This is the last week of school, which means summer is almost here. Summer can be a really exciting time. The weather is usually nice. The kids are out of school.  Family vacations are being planned and booked.

Will you be going on a vacation this summer? I can remember growing up as a kid in Texas and being excited about the summer because I knew my family would be taking at least one vacation. Usually we didn’t go too far (maybe Houston or Galveston), but it was exciting nevertheless. Since that time I have been able to travel to many places further away. One of the things my family and I love to do is travel to places that we have never been before. We love to see God’s creation in different places and meet new Christians. Over the last several years, we have been blessed to vacation in Daytona, Washington D.C., Virginia, San Antonio, New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia, and the Grand Canyon. This coming July we plan on visiting the Midwest for the first time (Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Chicago). We are very excited about this trip and are still trying to figure out all the things we want to do while there.

It is a blessing to be able to make long lasting family memories on vacations. The  question is: Does God go on vacation with us as well? I certainly hope so. I hope and pray that God goes with me and my family when we go to the Midwest. In fact, I hope and pray that God’s eyes are on us and His love and favor are with us wherever we go!

How frightening would it be if the one true God was only a “local” God? What if God was only with us when we were in our home town? What if He went with us to work and helped us through the day, looked over us when we went to the store and drove through town? What if He heard and accepted the worship we offered up to Him at the local church building where we attended, but whenever we left the state or country, God no longer went with us?

How would you feel if God stayed back while you went on vacation? Would you still go on vacation? Sure, vacation is fun, relaxing and exciting. Sure, there are beautiful places in the world to see and experience. But would you really be willing to go to those places if you knew that God was not going with you as well? I wouldn’t!

But thankfully this is not the case. Thankfully there is no place on this earth we can go that God doesn’t go as well. The Bible assures us:

“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

 

“teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you [a]always, even to the end of the age.”                           – Matthew 28:20

 

The Bible teaches us that God is everywhere! He is in the mountains in eastern Tennessee; He is on the road to Disney World in Florida; He is in a large city like New York; He is at the Grand Canyon; He will be with us in the Midwest when we go in a couple of months.

It is a comforting thought to know that God is faithful and goes with us everywhere we go. The more challenging question is: Will our faithfulness to God also go with us everywhere we go? Will our commitment to gather with other saints for worship, stand for truth, read our Bibles, and pray, also go with us on vacation? God will be with us, waiting and worthy, just as He was at home. But will we be faithful and true to Him while away from home?

I hope you have a great summer vacation. If you plan on traveling, be safe and have lots of fun. Remember that since God is the source of all your blessings, He deserves the same faithful attention from you when you are away that He gets when you are home.

– Shawn Jeffries

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God Is Everywhere

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