Have you been misunderstood? Have you been accused or wronged? Be encouraged that an omnipresent God knows you and sees you.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of the soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
- Hebrews 4:12–13
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Transcript: Hi, welcome to Five Minutes With Pastor Lutzer. So glad that you joined us again today as we are studying the attributes of God.
Even as I’ve been doing this study, I realized that God is more complex than I ever realized that He was. In John Chapter 17, Jesus prayed. He said, “That they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” The most accurate knowledge that we have of God is through Christ. But the God that He introduces us to is a God with the attributes that blow our mind, so to speak.
We’re talking actually now about the attribute of omnipresence, and this is a verse that should encourage us, but also it should lead us to repentance. I’m talking about the fourth chapter of the book of Hebrews, and I’m picking it up at verse 12: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of the joints and marrow, and the discerning of the thoughts and the intentions of the heart.” Now let us listen very carefully—“And there is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.”
You know, it’s hard for us to grasp that, but everything that happens in our minds, the entire stream of consciousness that we have from when we wake up til when we go to bed—all of that is always done in God’s presence. And let’s remember, just because we can’t see God, He is here nevertheless.
You know, in this room—and I don’t know where you are, but I know that in this room or any room in America, probably in the world, there are many different radio waves. I mean, we’re talking about AM and FM, and cellphones, and other gadgets that can pick up various radio waves. The atmosphere is filled with them. Here at The Moody Church, we worked with a man—he actually was a member here—and he worked trying to help various organizations and communication companies have a band by which they could communicate radio and other kinds of communication. And all that to say, that it’s very complicated.
But we don’t sense those radio waves. Do we? We don’t see them. We don’t feel them. Unless we have a receptacle that can pick them up, we’re totally unaware of them. My dear friend today, just because we are unaware of God and don’t see Him, that doesn’t mean that He is less real. It certainly doesn’t mean that He does not see everything that we do and everything that we think.
You know, this verse of Scripture is very interesting because it combines two attributes of God, really. On the one hand, you have the omniscience of God, because He knows all things. But also our text has to do with the omnipresence of God. He is everywhere. What that means is that every sin that human beings ever commit is committed in the presence of God. This is made clear in other passages of Scripture as well. And what you and I must recognize—and this is so critical for us, and perhaps I’ve emphasized this before—that we can try to run from God, but we can never hide. You look at the book of Revelation and there you find that there are those who are actually in dens and caves of the earth, saying, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of his wrath is coming. Who is able to stand?” But there in the dens and in the mountains, God sees and God can find us.
You know, during the days of medieval times, they used to take some of the martyrs, and they would take their bones and throw them in the river. They did this, of course, with some of the people who died, like even Wycliffe in England. Years after he was buried, they took his bones and they threw them into the river, because the belief was that if you took a martyr’s bones and threw them into the river, there could be no resurrection. How could God find all of those parts and put somebody together?
Well of course, doing that is very futile, because God is everywhere. And as we’ll discuss next time, He is all powerful. And no matter where we are, God finds us. And God knows where all those particles are, and He can put us all together with a new body. I want to leave you today with the fact that on the one hand, God sees us, which can be terrifying. That’s why we need a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
But also it can be greatly encouraging. Have you been misunderstood? Are there people who attribute things to you that aren’t true? Have you gone through that experience? Could you rest in this today, that an omniscient, omnipresent God knows? And we entrust ourselves into the hands of one who knows our future and can lead us all the way to the finish line.
I wanna thank you for joining us today, and I hope that you join us again next time. But for today, go with God.