Of God and of the Holy Trinity
Chapter 2, Paragraph 1.
1 Kings 8:27.
You cannot escape God.
Because He is immense. He fills up every bit of time and space and beyond. He is far away in some distant realm, and also with you and with me. “for in Him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28) Stephen Charnock writes:
He is everywhere, because no creature, body or spirit, can exclude the presence of his essence…Not absent from anything, but so present with them, that they live and move in him, and move more in God, than in the air or earth wherein they are; nearer to us than our flesh to our bones, than the air to our breath…
If God is present everywhere, does that mean we can worship trees and each other? That would be a no. God might be present everywhere, but that doesn’t mean that those things are God. Charnock again:
We live and move in God, so we live and move in the air; we are no more God by that, than we are mere air because we breathe in it, and it enters into all the pores of our body…
It is sobering, unsettling, yet ultimately comforting to think that God is immense. Sobering, for there is nowhere where He is not. That includes hell. There is no absence of God in Hell. No one can flee from God’s presence. Unsettling, for since God is everywhere, nothing (and I mean nothing) is hidden from his sight.Thankfully for us sinful creatures, He has provided provision through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of that, for those that trust in Him, knowing that God is so near to us always is a great comfort. Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.”
Questions to Consider
- Does knowing that God is immense change how you act when no one’s around? Should it?
- Take some time to read Psalm 139 and praise our immense God.