A little boy named Doug was having one of those unique childlike discussions with his Mom. It was one of those conversations that only comes from the young, inquisitive mind of a child. He asked, “Mom, is God in the moon?” She did her best to explain that God is everywhere. “Is he in my tummy?” Doug asked. “Well, sort of,” his mom responded, not sure where these questions wee leading. Doug paused and then declared, “Then God wants a banana” (Buff Spies, in Reader’s Digest, November 1991).
God’s omnipresence is a hard concept to grasp. Since everything else in our world is limited to a single location, it’s difficult to wrap our minds around the concept that God is everywhere. Scripture helps shed some light on this.
God fills the entire earth, and no man can hide from Him (Psalm 139:7-10). Not even the heavens and the earth combined can contain God (1 Kings 8:27). God’s eyes are everywhere and He can see both the evil and good people do (Proverbs 15:3). Since God is near (Jeremiah 23:23-24), Paul told the people of Athens that God wanted people to seek Him, to grope for Him, and to find Him (Acts 17:27). In other words, God is in all places and He is nearby, but He wants to become even closer with us. The way we do this is simple, we draw near to Him and He will draw near to us in return (James 4:8).
God is everywhere. This can be a fearful thing if we try to hide sins, but it should be a comforting thing. When we are going through the toughest times in our lives, God is near. When we need Him the most, God is near. When we feel alone, God is near.
God is nearby. Just how near He is you and me depends on how closely we draw near to Him.