Attributes Of God - Part 2
Omnipresence - Psalms 139:7-8 - "Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into Heaven thou art there; if I make my bed in Hell, behold thou art there." God's omnipresence simply means that there is nowhere you can go that God isn't there. Isaiah 66:1 declares; "Thus saith the Lord, The Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool." I Kings 8:27 says; "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee." God is so vast that the heavens cannot contain him. He can come and go as he wills, and there is nothing and nobody that can stop him. Since God is infinite he has no size because size can be measured. So then God can fill any person, and there is still plenty of him left over to fill everyone and every thing else. As with other attributes touched by his perfection, there is no limit placed on where God can be because if he had limits to where he could be he would no longer be infinite or absolutely perfect.
Omnipotence - Psalms 62:11 - "God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God." If we couple omnipotence with God's perfection we must come to the conclusion that there is no power existing in the universe that God does not own. The incredible thing about this is that God can be generous by our standards when he is bestowing power upon mankind because all the power we have is on loan to us and can be recalled any time God chooses. In other words, whatever power we have still belongs to him so that in giving it to us he loses none of it. If God could be less powerful at any time or more powerful at any time he would cease to be infinite, perfect and unchanging. I feel like I am "beating a dead horse" as the old saying goes, but this wonderful perfection of God seals it in my heart that nothing about God can be changed one bit. Power does indeed belong to God, and mankind should be very thankful for any power that is given from his loving hand for our benefit. It is a great tragedy that mankind abuses this God-given power in so many ways, and in every case it is to the detriment of everyone involved including the persons abusing the power themselves. The more I think of this, the more I am saddened because of what could be accomplished if mankind would use this power in love and sincere concern for everyone. God has been very patient with us beyond our meager understanding! God would give us so much more if we could be entrusted to use it as we should!
Omniscience - Isaiah 40:13 "Who hath directed the spirit of the Lord or being his counselor hath taught him? Isaiah 40:28 - There is no searching of his understanding." Here again is the limitless knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God! A. W. Tozer wrote; "God knows everything, past, present and future, instantly and without effort." Can we get a handle on that? Before the earth was ever formed God knew that I would be creating this page of this website today. God knows every thought, word and deed of every person who ever lived, currently is alive and will be alive in the future perfectly and he knew them before the earth was formed and will know them long after the current earth is gone and throughout all eternity. God knows the number of hairs on every head or the lack thereof and every tear in anyone's life perfectly. There is not one particle of information that has ever existed that exists without his knowledge. When we pray for something, God knows the need before we ask, but like an earthly Father, he desires that we make our needs known to him as a matter of trusting he will meet them. Philippians 4:19 makes it clear that he will do just that. When God does not give us what we request, we must understand that he knows what is best for us, and being the very best of Fathers, he withholds from us anything we don't need or that would be harmful or bad for us.