19th April 2018

God’s Omnipresence 

“Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
Psalm 139:7 (NKJV)

Have you ever wondered how God can know everything about every person on planet earth? Not to mention also what’s happening in every galaxy in the vast universe? I for one, have often had these thoughts and marvelled at the omnipresence of our all-powerful God.

Interestingly, today we have a new generation of super-computers that governments and big corporations have access to. They are so powerful that they can perform trillions of calculations per second! China presently possesses the world’s most powerful super-computer which is capable of performing – wait for it – 93,000 trillion calculations a second!! When I recently read this online statistic, it made me think that if humans can design and build super-computers that can perform such enormous calculations per second, what can Almighty God not do with his super-powered, unlimited mind? In other words, as the gospel writer, Luke, tells us—with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).

The Old Testament gives us a classic example of someone who thought he could run away and hide from God. His name was Jonah. God gave him the unique assignment to go to an enemy country (Assyria), and warn the people that if they didn’t repent of their wicked ways, God would destroy them within two months (Jonah 1:1-3). Jonah, not willing to follow God’s command, boarded a ship which was headed for another country. Disaster struck en route and Jonah was tossed overboard and swallowed by a great fish which God, miraculously, organised. God had stopped Jonah in his tracks. After the fish vomited him up on the shore, God once again told Jonah to go to Ninevah, which he reluctantly did, and the people repented at his preaching.

This ancient story which has been preserved for us today, is a poignant reminder to all of us that God is ever-present throughout his marvellous creation. Instead of us attempting to run away from God, his great desire is that we run to him. He wants us to be his friend, and he has much to share with us in this mortal life and on into eternity (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for giving us knowledge of your existence. You are all-powerful and all-present throughout your vast universe, and we are grateful that you are only a prayer away from each one of us. Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit, who enables us to build a close relationship with you. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by John Magowan

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About the Author:
John Magowan is a member of the Pastoral Council at Grace Community Church, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

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Grace Communion Lisburn
(www.grace-ni.org)
Ballymacbrennan School Hall
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LISBURN
BT27 5PG

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