A VERY PRESENT HELP

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Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

Our God is a very present help in our time of need because He is Omnipresent (Omni-All; Latin, present-present).  To say that God is omnipresent is to say that God is present everywhere. He is present everywhere in that everything is immediately in His presence. At the same time He is present everywhere in the universe. No one can hide from Him and nothing escapes His notice. Unlike the idols of ancient cultures God is not limited to one altar, one temple or one geographic area. God reveals Himself in His word as being everywhere. This should not be confused with pantheism which is the view that God is everything and everyone and that everyone and everything is God. They say the tree is God, the animal is God, the rocks are God, and the physical creation is God.  God’s omnipresence means He is present everywhere. There is no place in the universe where God is not present. This is not the same thing as pantheism. God is everywhere, but He is not everything. God would not have given commands in His Word against the worship of idols if He was the idol object being worshipped.

 

We cannot get to a place or be in a place where He cannot reach us and us reach Him. The Psalmist said, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence Psalm 139:7?”  We can only be one place at one time ­ but, only God is everywhere at the same time.

 

God cannot be contained in a building (1 Kings 8:27). He cannot be localized in a city or a nation for He is the God of Heaven and Earth. God is always present whether we believe it or not. He is always available to us wherever we go, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

 

The truth of His Omnipresence can be convicting when we read Proverb 15:3, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” and Hebrews 4:13 “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” His Omnipresence can be comforting when we read Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” and Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

 

We do not serve a God who is off somewhere far away and too busy to hear us when we call upon Him. He is near to them that call upon Him and ever ready to show Himself strong in the behalf of those that have their heart perfect toward Him. Call out to Him today and He will show you great and mighty things you do not know or have even thought about to help you in your trouble (Jeremiah 33:3).

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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