Jeremiah 23:24, Matthew 28:20, Psalm 51:17, Joshua 1:5
In Jeremiah Chapter 23 God asks a few rhetorical questions that help us understand more about him and what he is like. He says there in verse 24.
Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:24)
Yes those rhetorical questions, the obvious answer to them that God is looking for is of course, no. No one can hide their deeds from God. No one can go someplace where God is not because of this fact: God is omnipresent or everywhere present.
As I have said before in some previous videos these details about God are often scary, but also comforting for us as Christians. It is a bit scary to think about God being omnipresent or everywhere at all times. It’s scary especially when we think about our sins. As we think about the things that we’ve done in secret. Things that we’re ashamed of.
Maybe we’ve stolen something and we’d hate anybody to ever find out about that. Maybe we’ve abused illegal substances or even legal substances and we’d hate for people to find out that we’re doing that. Or maybe we’ve misused our sexuality, a gift that God has given us for marriage. We’d hate people to find out about the things that we do in private.
You know it’s been said before the coming of the Internet that pornography use wasn’t quite as big as it is today. And I think part of the reason is, is because people were embarrassed of the way of getting pornography. Yes some were not, as always, but some were. Who wants to go to a store and let other customers know that you’re buying a dirty magazine? Or who wants their car seen in the parking lot of a pornography store? Times have changed haven’t they? Anybody can go online nowadays and look up any sort of image, any sort of video, no matter how despicable.
Those things are hidden from many people. Things that we can do in secret that nobody knows about, but God does. Because God is everywhere present and God can see those terrible deeds.
It’s certainly terrifying to us to know that God sees those things, but is also incredibly comforting for us as Christians to know that God is everywhere present. What it means for us is that even if the world would turn its back on us. Even if they reject us because they find out about some secret thing that we have done in our past, or our family and friends turn away from us, God will not. In fact Jesus promises in Matthew Chapter 28.
I am with you always to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20) And this is the same God who invites us to come before him and confess our sins as he declares a broken and contrite heart, he will not despise. (Psalm 51:17) When he promises I will never leave you and I will never forsake you. (Joshua 1:5)
Yes, we can be scared when we find out some of these descriptions of God, but also we find incredible comfort in the fact that God is with us always to the end of the age. Yes, God is everywhere present. May that comfort us. Let’s Pray.
Dear God, help us to confess to you our private and hidden sins knowing that you will not reject us, but always forgive us for Jesus sake. Bring peace and comfort to our hearts that even if the world might abandon us, you never will. But you are with us always to the end of the age. Amen.