God is Everywhere? So What? (Part 2)

God is omniscient/omnipresent.  What does that mean practically speaking?

To those that pray: God indeed hears you! He hears us BEFORE we pray.

To the anxious: God sees you! If you are lying on the battlefield of life, God sees you. he will relieve you, for He only needs to see the woes of His children to relieve them.

To the slandered: God sees you for who you really are so shut out the despairing voices of falsehood. Some may think you guilty, but God knows your innocence.

To those who know not Christ: Whenever you sin, you sin in the presence of God. So repent, for His evidence at the judgment is full proof.

When I’m Not Talking to God…

Paul says we should pray without ceasing.  But sometimes I find myself not ceasing from life that I forget about God.  Call it practical atheism if you will.

Now this doesn’t happen as much as it used to.  But it still happens.

I used to think of prayer as a DISCIPLINE that HAD to be worked at.

But really it’s just like the conversational aspect of any relationship.  Yes, sometimes I have to work on listening to my wife and communicating.  But I don’t WORK on it like it’s a discipline.  I don’t need to.  I love her and I know she loves me.  So why does my prayer life stall occasionally?

Specifically prayer is the conversational part of the most important love relationship in our lives, our love relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

What can your prayer life tell you about your love relationship with God?

God Does Not Look at Me from a Distance

God does not look at me from a distance.  If He did, I might hide myself in the shadows or under covers. But He is here, close by my side–and not BY me only–but IN me. He is within this heart, where these lungs breathe.

God is here: within this mouth, in this tongue, in these eyes, in each of us who call Him Lord, God dwells.  He is within you, and around you; He is beside you, and behind, and in front.

God sees everything.  You can see God everywhere.  God is working everywhere with eyes open.

God sees everything and more particularly God sees me!  He sees you as much as if there were nobody else in the world for Him to look at.  My attention is divided when I look at a sea of faces.  But the infinite mind of God is able to grasp a million objects at once and yet to focus as much as on one as if there were nothing else.

God sees you with all His eyes, with the whole of His sight–YOU! YOU are the particular object of His attention at every moment, at this very moment.

God sees you entirely.  He does not merely note your actions and appearance. God sees what you are thinking; He looks within.

God sees you constantly, entirely, with undivided attention.

God is Everywhere? So What? (part 1)

The world objects to the omnipresence of God: they cannot see Him.  Long ago Jesus observed, “Whom the world cannot receive because they see Him not” (John 14:17).

But it’s easy to reply, “Can you see the wind?”  You cannot.  But do you deny its existence or presence?  You say, “But I can perceive it with my other senses.”  But which of your senses do you perceive your soul?  Do you deny the existence of the soul?  Yet it cannot be seen.  God is spirit as is our souls.  Consequently, “Him no man has seen or can see” with eyes of flesh and blood.

So if God is in fact in every place, so what?

  1. Godly fear: We should labor continually to acknowledge his presence “with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28).  This is not the fear of demons who believe and tremble but the fear of angels which bows before God veiling their eyes.
  2. Right living:  If we believe that God is near our bed and about our drive and sees all our ways, then take care not to do the least thing, not to speak the least word, not to indulge the least thought that you think would offend him.
  3. Faithfully serving: If you are called (we all are!) to serve under the great captain of your salvation, and you see yourself continually under the eye of your captain, how zealous you should be to “fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life,” (1 Timothy 6:12) and “to endure hardship as good soldiers of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3).

God is in This and Every Place

“Do not I fill the heaven and earth?” says the Lord.  (Jeremiah 23:24)

How simply, strongly, and beautifully those words express the omnipresence of God.

God is in this and every place.

In Psalm 139 the psalmist says that God is equally in the length and breadth and in the height and depth of the universe.

In a word, there is no point of space, whether within or without the bounds of creation, where God is not.

Indeed, this is too vast to be comprehended by the narrow limits of human understanding.  We can only say that God is as unbounded in His presence as in His duration and power.

He is said to dwell in heaven.  But strictly speaking the Heaven of heavens can’t contain Him.

We cannot believe the omnipotence of God unless we believe His omnipresence.  Nothing can act where it is not.

Just Wondering…

How can I improve my preaching?

How come Hollywood marriages fail?

Am I willing to fail if God calls me to something harder?

What potential abilities have been dormant?

Why do trees only grow as big and proportion as the pot they are placed in?

What will I look like in 10 years?

What are some other ways I can lose weight?

Will I succeed this time?

Where is my MSU Spartans sweatshirt?

What vocation will my children choose?

Am I better person than I was a year ago?

Who invented numbers?

Who discovered the five senses?

How do I communicate love to my family?

What other ways can I do that?

What makes a genius, a genius?

When will I be sad next?

How long will it take to bounce back?

What if I had stuck with law/politics?

How many men take singing lessons?

Who will disappoint me next?

Is it right to play lotto?

Would I really be happier if I played, and won?

Does my preaching really make a difference?

Will my children be closer to God than me?

Will our house outlive us?

How many times will I fail God?

How many other dogs will I own in life?

Why do I like pickles and cucumbers?

What really tastes like chicken besides chicken?

Am I capable of murder?

Why do most students cheat?

Why did I do it a few times?

Could there really be a brain surgeon that cheated in med. school?

How come I don’t like tea?

Will I ever have a heart attack?

What would I do without Jen?

How would I deal with the loss of a child?

What’s it take to live to 99?

Why is my mind now blank?

Fire and Brimestone Sermons

Fire and brimstone sermons are rarely preached anymore.  Why? Has God changed or were they inappropriate then as they are now?  Some argue that they use fear of hell as a motivation to follow Christ rather than the love-based motivation of God’s love and grace.  Which God would you rather follow?

Perhaps many preachers presented it that way but God has not changed.  We follow and trust a God who is a consuming fire and loving.

We prepare for the severe side of nature–why ignore the severe aspect of God? When a man builds his house or ship strongly to withstand the elements we do not say he is a victim of fear.  Instead, we say he is prudent.

Likewise, when I appeal to the severity of God–to His fire, His sword–I am not preaching mere terrors of the Lord to move people by alarm rather than by love.  I am simply being faithful the the facts–I am reminding you that God is not less complete than the season He made.  I am asking you in the summer of His mercies not to forget the winter of His judgment.