Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.
The message of Israel’s false prophets was made-up and crafted to satisfy people rather than God. The false prophets assured peace, but they did not get this assurance from God. Phony teachers from every generation declare words their hearers desire, instead of a true word from God.
In today’s passage, God responds to the prophets by explaining two of his attributes. He is both omnipresent and omniscient. God’s omnipresence means that he is everywhere at the same time in his full being. God’s omniscience means that he knows everything there is to know about everything there is to know. His knowledge and presence fill the heaven and earth.
So how can we apply these truths? First, God’s omnipresence reminds us that we cannot hide from God. If you think you are doing something that God cannot see…think again. He is the One to whom we must give a final account. Second, God knows us inside and out. You can fool others…even those who are close to you…but you cannot fool God. The characteristics of God prevent us from playing games with him. Wherever we are, he is there. Whoever we are, he knows us fully. And…here’s the amazing part…knowing us fully, he still welcomes us with open arms. In him there is forgiveness and restoration. Don’t run from him. Run to him. He is waiting with open arms.
- Confess the sins of the life you “hide” from God.
- Ask God to help you live transparently before him.
Father, remind the person trying to hide from you of the truths found in today’s passage. Help them to come clean and come home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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