"Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?" Jeremiah 23:23
The Lord is a very present help to us in time of trouble. He is not a God that is afar off. He is not far away when we are in need, although He is accused of being so. To those who feel like He has left you, let me ask you a question-- just where would He go seeing He is an Omnipresent God?
There are times when His presence is with us in a special way- a way where we can "feel" it, a way where we "know" He is there. There are times when we feel like we are sitting in His very lap. His presence engulfs us and His peace overtakes us. But when we don't feel or sense that type of presence, we can rest assured that He is still there. His presence fills the whole of creation. There is no place that He isn't. "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." (Psalm 139:18)
Jonah thought he could escape to a place where God could not see him... wrong. God saw him on the ship. God saw him in the belly of the whale. Adam thought he could hide in the garden and God could not find him... wrong. God saw him. He saw him when he ate from the tree. He saw him when he tried to hide.
You cannot get away from God, He is everyway. That is why He isn't far away when you need Him. Even one of the Hebrew names for God is Jehovah Shammah- meaning God is there. Where is the place called "there". This "there' means He is right there/here where you are. If "there" is "here", then "here" is always "here" no matter where you are. Therefore, God is there with you no matter where you are.
Don't think God is not there. Don't think that He is far away. Don't think that He isn't near. Don't think that He has left. He is right there .
Have a great day. God has not left you. He is Omnipresent, where would He go?
For further reading:
Psalm 139; 46:1
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