Mike Johnson

 Is God omnipresent? The Bible does indeed teach this idea. Being omnipresent means He is all or ever-present.

It is possible today to flee or hide from other people. A fugitive, for example, may remain at large for many years or perhaps even for a lifetime. No one, however, can flee from God.

Consider one example from the Old Testament, where someone tried. In the book of Jonah, we read where God told Jonah to go and preach to the wicked city of Nineveh. Jonah 1:3 says, “…But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” Jonah was traveling by ship; during his journey, God sent a great storm. Jonah told the people on the boat that he was trying to flee from the presence of God. Him trying to do this, he said, was causing the storm. At Jonah’s insistence, the people on the vessel cast him into the sea, and then the sea became calm. A great fish then swallowed Jonah. He stayed in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights, and the fish vomited him out on dry land. He then went to Nineveh and very successfully preached God’s Word. Jonah learned the lesson that one cannot flee from God’s presence.

Psalm 139:7-10 speaks of God’s omnipresence as it says, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.”

We cannot flee from the presence of God, even if we wanted to. He is ever-present!