Where is God?


God is everywhere.

Where are you right now? In your living room? Out in your backyard? Hanging from a branch high up in a tree? No matter where you are, I can be certain that you are only in one place. That’s because flesh-and-bone human beings can’t be in more than one spot at a time. This is also true of created spirits like angels and demons. Like us, they are limited to just one location.

But God? He’s an infinite spirit, an endless being without borders. He’s so great, he can be in your living room, out in your backyard, and up in the top of a tree at the same time. In fact, he can be in every single place in the universe all at once!

In Jeremiah 23:24, the Lord God asks, “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” The answer to his question, of course, is a huge “yes!” No matter where you go, God is already there – he completely fills every last millimeter of the great big universe he has made. Psalm 139:8 adds, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Even if you hopped in a spaceship and rocketed off to Pluto or drilled to the very center of the Earth, you’d quickly learn that God was there long before you arrived!

We have a fancy word to describe this characteristic of God: omnipresent. Omni means “all,” and present means “to be in a place.” When we call God omnipresent, we are saying that he is in all places at once: north, south, east, and west. He’s up, down, and all around! If you hung a map of the earth on the wall, blinded-folded yourself, and threw a dart at it, God would be at the exact point that your dart hit!

No matter where you go, there he is – you can’t possibly escape God’s presence! This is bad news if you’re one of his enemies. Where in the world could you ever go to hide from him? But if you’re one of his precious children, it’s great news! When trouble comes our way, our omnipresent God is right there with us!


+ Have everyone share the farthest they’ve traveled away from home. Discuss the fact that, no matter how far away we go, God is already there.

+ How could God’s omnipresence be good news for his children? How could it be bad news for his enemies?


Ps. 139:7-12; Jer. 23:23,24; Acts 17:27,28

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