The Lord Almighty is with us. – Psalm 46:7
It is such a simple saying, God is with us or that is to say He is Omnipresent. It is comfort for me and comfort I speak of when someone I know is in doubt. It’s also the cause of my doubt sometimes and the cause of my anger sometimes. I’m not alone in that. Man or woman we find ways of doubting God even when he has shown us his work again and again. He was with Adam and Eve, he was with Moses and Israel, he was with Joseph and Mary. In all of these times, despite Adam and Eves fall God was with them. When Moses disobeyed and command a rock spill forth water or when Israel disobeyed God’s command to not worship idols he was still there. Joseph and Mary guided by his commands went to Jerusalem and there Mary birthed our Savior while God was still there and protecting them from persecution when soldiers came calling. Yet you and I doubt his presence.
Why do we doubt?
Seeing is believing. We are by and far a very visually stimulated culture. With the rise of all things digital we are constantly bombarded with visual stimuli. God promised us that He would be with us from the very beginning until He has fulfilled His promise (Genesis 28:15). Initially that promise was with Israel and He fulfilled that promise. He has given us Jesus and promised us that through our belief in Christ and devotion to Him we will find eternity in Heaven as our reward. He is here, with me now as I write this. He will be with me at the end of my life and then as I pass from this world unto the next I will get to be with Him and all doubt, no matter how small or great will be obliterated as I look upon His face. In this way God not only keeps his promise but proves his omnipresent nature.
Why does God let bad things happen?
God is everywhere and bad things do happen but it is not for his lack of presence. It is because he created man with free will and even told us we have free will (Genesis 2:16-17) but we make poor choices. That does not mean that every bad thing is because of poor choices as there are times when things we do not understand happen. Like a loved one getting cancer or dying suddenly. I do it, I’m sure others do too but I ask God why He allows a child to die of cancer or someone I love dying during that season of my life. What is the purpose of that? Jesus told us we would experience suffering (John 16:33) and that is what we see.
I love animals and feel that they are much more intelligent than we give them credit for. God did not create animals in His image however but He did man. In doing so He gave us the ability to use our free will to love, hate, scorn and more. I think that it is important to understand that our free will is what allows us to love. That same free will is what allows us to experience suffering and pain as emotions. Automatons do not have emotions but we, in His image do. Those emotions are tools that God can use to do great work because let’s face it, we would be lazy if we didn’t have to do the work to get to God. Instead we know that God uses all things for those He calls upon according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
God does not let bad things happen. God let’s us choose to do bad things so that we realize how much better life is with Him in our lives. He does not allow loved ones to suffer without some purpose. Job is a perfect example of extreme suffering used for a purpose. God can use these rough waters to improve someones character or to bring someone else closer to Him.
God Really is Omnipresent
If you try to think about being omnipresent it is mind-blowing. To be everywhere and in everything while keeping track of it all seems inhuman. Well it is of course because we were never meant as a replacement for God . It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the trappings of our single strand of existence whereas God is the harpist with his finger on every string tuning it for His glory. Some of those strings are broken and call out for repair. He, dutifully does so and begins tuning that new string making it perfect for Him.
I really went down an alternate path here compared to my initial thoughts on this devotional. God is omnipresent in our lives like the Father that He is, that I want to be, He allows His children the chance to grow through expression of their own will when His may be the better way. Like the stubborn children we are, we will eventually realize that He has been there beside us waiting patiently to teach us. All we have to do is settle at His feet and lift our eyes to Him and listen. He loves us, He truly loves us