Stephanie Adams is back at My Messy Desk this week discussing the second characteristic in our three part series on God’s characteristics.
From the very beginning, before time, there was GOD – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – together as One. In their infinite wisdom (omniscience), power (omnipotence), and presence (omnipresence) they created all things.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2 ESV
We are taking a look at three characteristics which describe God – Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient.
It is likely you have heard these words used to describe God, but you may not know what they mean, or how they apply to our relationship with Him.
Today we will look at Omnipresent –
Merriam Webster defines Omnipresent as present in all places at all times. Dictionary.com defines it as present everywhere at the same time.
The Latin root words are omni – all and praesent – existing or being at this time, now; current.
Strong’s Concordance (a cross-reference tool for words in the Bible back to their original text) defines Omnipresent in the Greek as: ruach (#7307) breath, wind, spirit
God has always been and will always be – He has existed before time and space and will live eternally. He was present at the creation and He will be present at the end of time.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Revelation 22:13 ESV
More importantly to know about God is that He not only exists throughout time, but He is present every place at all times through His Spirit (ruach).
He is with you as you sit praying for your children and He is across the oceans with another woman as she cries out for her marriage.
He walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death, when the doctor delivers news of a diagnosis and He is on the mountaintop as another wipes tears of joy in celebration of her good health report.
His Spirit is present when we see Him moving in response to that other mama’s persistent prayers and when He sits quietly holding our hand as we cry because we don’t see Him answering our prayers (yet!).
God’s Spirit is always present. He is there pursuing us, walking with us, protecting us with His Omnipotent ways.
David gives us insight into God’s Omnipresence in Psalm 139:
““Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, 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. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” Psalm 139:7-12
We will never find ourselves in a place where God can not reach us by His Spirit (ruach). If He was with Jonah in the belly of the great fish (Jonah 3) and with the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:24-25), then we can trust His Spirit will reach us, too.
Lord, we praise You for Your constant presence in our lives. When we struggle to feel You or see You, remind us You are always with us, even in the silence. Amen.
Stephanie is a writer, speaker, and founder of REAL Women Ministries, where a community of women gather to grow their Relationship with each other and God through Encouragement and Accountability to studying the Bible, and cultivating a Love for His Word.
Stephanie is married to her high school sweetheart, Rick. They have two adult children, as well as their tiny fur-baby, Maggie. She enjoys reading, a good cup of coffee, and Saturday breakfast with her husband.