There is no place that God is not

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
Our Bible verse for today: “Where can I go to escape your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, even there your hand will lead me; your right hand will hold on to me.” Psalm 139:7-10 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “There is no place that God is not”
The term “omnipresent” is a fifty-cent theological word that simply means God is everywhere always. There is no place that God is not. From the very beginning He has always been everywhere all the time. That’s what King David was writing about in Psalm 139:7-10. There was no place he could go where God would not already be.
That was true for David, and it’s true for you and me as well. It has always been true for every human being who has ever inhabited this planet since the time of creation. No person has ever not been in the presence of God.
However, as history has unfolded, God has made Himself increasingly personal and relatable. Once, He was simply present and detectable in a somewhat vague and general way in creation itself. Paul writes about that in Romans chapter one. Then, in the time of Abraham, God began to interact with special individuals in a more personal way. Then in the days of Moses He began to interact with an entire group of people (the Jews). They then had the opportunity to know God and to share Him with others in ways that had never been possible before. But with the incarnation of Jesus everything radically changed. Suddenly God was physically and visibly present with humanity in the body of a flesh and blood person. And then after Jesus it got even better with the coming of the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of the followers of Christ. This month we will consider all of that and more.
What more could God have done? How much further does He have to go in order for us to be aware of and to appreciate His presence with us? And yet, we struggle with this. We still doubt Him and wonder if He is really here, simply because we can’t detect Him with our five human senses. What a great loss for us! God is here with us simply because He says He is, and that’s true whether we’re aware of it or not and whether we believe it or not.
This month, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the incarnation of Christ, we will spend the month considering the awesome reality of the presence of God. Hopefully we will each end this time with a much greater awareness of the truth that God is indeed here with us.
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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