God is everywhere!
God is everywhere!
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
It amazes me every time we travel during the summer months in Florida when the love bugs are out. They make their presence known by offering to blanket our entire vehicle with their dead bodies as if we needed sun screen protection from Florida’s heat.
I can remember living in Dayton, Ohio when the cicada bugs that emerge every 17 years from underground, come out to investigate what has changed in technology since their last visit from their subterranean room.
They are everywhere!
Engaged in a conversation with a common man who at times emits, or, as the young folk say, “spits”, some lyrical genius from a biblical perspective, however if you were not in tune spiritually you might consider scatological.
It was doing our exchange and discourse concerning God’s ability to be everywhere at the same time, that another person joined us and made this conversation complete: “For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.” (NIV)
Things were beginning to come together for me in ways that I could understand better what some of the scriptures that I had been reading meant.
How could God be everywhere at the same time and no matter where one went He was already there?
7 “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.”
Psalm 139:7-10 (NASB)
I was now believing that if we allowed God to dwell in us and us in Him, and He in all His creations, then He could be everywhere at the same time.
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:13 (NASB)
Even if we stumble in our attempts to understand “how great Thou are”, He still allows us in our clumsiest state to continue to recognize that He is in us.
27 “That they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and [a]exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.” Acts 17:27-28 (NASB)
As we were finishing up our meeting I told them of a joke that was shared with me one Sunday before we went into church at the old Mt Olive Baptist as we left the corner store house across from Walker Elementary: “There was a little boy who was given a quarter to put in church, but he went to the storehouse first and brought some doughnuts. On the way to church he ate one of them and put the other two in his back pocket. The preacher that day was preaching on the topic of, “God is everywhere”. Well the preacher got all fired up and was shouting in his most authentic and southern preaching voice, “God is everywhere, oh Lord God is everywhere”! With each statement the little boy would tremble and shake as his eyes were about to jump out of his skull, because he knew that he had spent his church offering on doughnuts. As the preacher was quoting scripture to backup his sermon, the little boy jumped up and said, “Well I hope that God is not in my back pocket eating my doughnuts”!
“Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NASB)
WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT
GOD IS WITH US, HE ALWAYS SHOWS UP