Let's Talk About It: I AM Everywhere All The Time
"Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" (Jeremiah 23:23,24, NIV)
1. What does the Bible mean when it says God is everywhere? How is that different from the Hindu or pantheistic view of God's presence? What real difference does it make?
2. Read Psalm 139:7. The reality that God is everywhere at all times can evoke different emotional responses. What do you think some responses might be? Why is that?
3. Think of an attribute of God that is particularly meaningful to you right now. If God were not everywhere, all the time, how would it affect that attribute and your willingness to trust God?
4. Acts 17:28 records, "In Him we live and move and exist." He is with you from the moment you were created. Look at the timeline you wrote out in Chapter 1. Looking at the timeline, when have you seen evidence of His presence in your life?
5. Like turning on a light in a dark room, the light of God's presence opens our eyes to truth. According to Ephesians 1:18 and 5:13,14, what does God's illuminating presence reveal?
6. What is His illuminating presence revealing in your life? Do you need to confess and repent of something He is showing you? Has God shed light on any lies you have believed about Him or yourself that are robbing you of the joy of His presence n your life today?
7. What did Brother Lawrence's "continuous conversation" with God look like? What impact do you think that had on his attitude, behavior or sense of isolation? If you wanted to have a "continuous conversation" with God as did Brother Lawrence, what do you think the next step would be for you?
FOCUS ON GOD
On an index card or your favorite electronic devise, write the following statement and verse, or just take a picture of it:
God, because You are everywhere
all the time, I know You are always with me.
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
(Hebrews 13:5, NIV)
Look at it when you get up, when you go to bed, and at least once during the day as a way of intentionally shifting your focus from yourself to God. During one of those times each day, take a few minutes to think about the positive benefits in your life of God's omnipresence.
This week, seek to live in God's presence moment by moment, as Brother Lawrence did, through seeking to carry on a "continual conversation" with our ever-present God. You may find it helpful to often ask yourself, "Have I prayed about this?" as you go through your day.