In the late 1990s, I was stationed in California. While there, I lived next door to a young family in a condo-style building. The oldest child, Merissa, was about 3 years old when I first met her. Anytime she was in trouble or afraid, she’d hide under the couch in the living room. Imagine the sweet little face of a toddler half smooshed under the couch, peeking out to see if the coast was clear.
Do you have a spot you “hide under” when you’re in trouble or scared? Is it under the covers? In a bubble bath? In a tub of ice cream? Does that hiding spot also include times you want to try to hide from God? Notice I used the phrase “try” to hide from God. Trying to hide is a human quality that does not consider God’s omnipresence.
Jeremiah 23:24 (NASB) shows us that God is everywhere. “’Can a person hide himself in hiding places so that I do not see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord.”
The infinite spirit of God includes omnipresence, which means He is present everywhere in creation. And that my friends…is really hard to wrap our minds around. That omnipresence is awe-inspiring and difficult to understand, but it should also motivate our own sanctification.
In regards to sin: It helps us with blatant and deliberate sin to remember that God is in all places at all times. He is a literal witness to all of our sinful behavior. When I remind myself that God is watching, it often makes me more hesitant to commit the sin. On the other hand, when I let myself forget that God is omnipresent, I find myself making poor choices.
In regards to service: It helps us with creating a ‘servant’s heart’ in our own life when we remember that God is in all places at all times. He is witness to our kindness, our sweet words and actions, and our giving of talents, time, and tithes. We should not be acting kindly simply because God is watching, but rather it should assist us with becoming more eager to please Him.
Regardless of if you are hiding under the couch like a toddler or under the covers with ice cream, remember that God’s omnipresence misses nothing.