Hiding from God

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” [Gen 3:6-10]

Whatever made Adam think he could hide from God? Surely he knew God well enough to know that there is no hiding from Him. Of course, we know better. We know that God is omni-present – He is everywhere at the same time, all the time.

This is what Mike shared with us yesterday, as he began a mini-series on the ‘Omni’ attributes of God; His omnipresence, His omnipotence, and His omniscience. ‘Omni’ is simply an old Latin word meaning ‘all.’

God is on His throne in heaven, according to 1Ki 22:19 and Ecc 5:2. He is in the place of authority and worship.

But God is both a God far away, and a God close at hand. For He is a God who fills heaven and earth [see Jer 23:23-24].

But God is not only in that high and holy place. And He is not only present on the earth. He also dwells with the contrite and lowly in spirit [see Is 57:15].

This God is “over all, through all, and in all” [Eph 4:6]. He is omnipresent.

The omnipresence of God means that God is fully present everywhere. He is not stretched thin trying to be in Albequerque while He is also in Melbourne. The fullness of God is present in all places at the same time.

This should be a great encouragement to us. If God is with us – and He is, assuming you have put your trust in Him – the no one or nothing can ultimately come against you.

Surprisingly, this does not exhaust the extent of God’s ommipresence. According to Rev 14:10, those who reject God “will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” That, frankly, is a terrifying prospect.

Those who have put their trust and confidence in Jesus Christ need have no fear of this fate. Rather, they can have great confidence that the omnipresence of God means they are always in His presence, always watched over by Him, always protected by Him, and that He has the resources to meet every need.

Adam’s impulse was to hide from God when he sinned. We’re not silly enough to do that, are we? Sadly, we too often are. We somehow imagine that if we keep quiet, God won’t notice our sin. Or maybe He was looking the other way when we sinned, so didn’t notice.

But His omnipresence means that can never be the case. He sees everything we do.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
[Psa 139:7-12]

Nothing escapes His notice, and yet He still extends grace to us. Thank God that we have an advocate to plead our case in the courtroom of heaven – Jesus Christ, the righteous One [see 1Jn 2:1].

This is good news, for this omnipresent God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” [Heb 13:5].

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