Omni God

Introduction: Omni God
When people are going through shaky times and looking for answers, we in the church, usually encourage them to trust God. After all, we qualify, “God is in control.” This most certainly is true, and we want folks to trust God, especially in times where it seems the entire world is flying apart. But how can people trust him if they don’t know who he is? Or what they do know comes from unreliable sources like TV preachers or their own personal intuitions or deductions about him?
To illustrate say we’re sitting in a restaurant having some coffee and I say to you, “See that man sitting in the corner? You look over and see a rough and tumble “Hell’s Angels” like dude. He’s tatted up, full of piercings, and adorned in leather and chains. “What about him” you ask inquisitively? “I dare you to go over and hand him your wallet.” Although the guy in the corner might be a most trustworthy individual, chances are you’re probably not going to take my dare. Why? Because you don’t know him. He’s a total stranger and only the most naive trust strangers with their valuables. So, if we’re encouraging people to trust God, and he is pretty much a stranger to them, will they? Can they? Furthermore, if God is stranger-like to us will we be able to trust him the way he wants and the way we should?
The hope of our new “God” series is that we would know God well enough to trust him in everything, with everything, and for everything every day and 10x on Sundays. We saw last week that God is a knowable eternal person who wants to be in relationship with us. Today, let’s get to know God even more as we look at his omni features.
Omnipotence
A person that is “omni” (all) is someone without limits or limitations. The Bible says that God has three of them. The 1st is his omnipotence or if you are allergic to polysyllabic words, his all-powerfulness (oops). Plenty of Scripture speak to the almightiness of God but let’s just mention Isaiah 9:7 and Revelation 4:11
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.
God exerted his all-powerfulness when he did things like create the physical universe out of nothing, create man out of dust, and woman out of man (prime rib?). He also displayed his almighty-ness throughout history when he divided the Red Sea and did miracles through the prophets and apostles. He continues to show his power by the continual maintenance and expansion (186,000 mps) of the universe by his mere word (Colossians 1:16). These powerful acts are testament to God’s omnipotence and Paul wants us to trust in it all of the time. Listen to Ephesians 1:18-19
18 That the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
God’s “incomparably great power” gives us victory over sin, protects us from evil, and heals us when we are sick. Want a better life? Start seeing the omni-powerful God as greater than your biggest problems.
Omniscience
If there truly is a “know-it-all” out there it is God himself. His 2nd omni-feature is omniscience (all-knowingness). Two Scriptures that highlight God’s omniscience are Luke 12:7 and Psalm 147:4
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
The writer of the non-canonical book Ecclesiasticus asks (1:2)
Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain,
and the days of eternity?
I’m not sure why God needs to know the number of hairs on each head, “sands” on each beach, stars in each sky, raindrops on each stormy day or days of eternity. Maybe he is just showing off (lol). I do know, however, that God is so comprehensively and exhaustively smart that IQ tests actually dread taking him. He not only knows what has happened, is happening, and will happen, but also every possible contingency of the dreaded “would of, could of, and should of” triad. The only thing he doesn’t know is something that he chooses to forget i.e., our sins whenever we ask him to forgive them (Psalm 103:12).
Two ways we can trust God’s omniscience: (1) He has detailed files on each of us. He knows every skeleton in every one of our closets and yet still loves us! (2) It’s easy to trust God’s all-knowingness when things are onward and upward but when they’re not? Since we only know the past and see the present, we need to trust in God’s omniscience for the future especially when things are not going as we had hoped. Like my physical therapist, God has the long view in in mind. Thus, we can trust that his calculus is converting every situation into our eternal joy.
*William Lane Craig’s Testimony*
Omnipresence
God is omnipotent! God is omniscient! And God is omnipresent. He, like the old Beatles’ song is “Here, there, and everywhere,” and is so fully, at the same time, at every moment. Tons of Scriptures teach of his “every-whereness” but let’s just go with the classic: Psalm 139:7-10 where David asks
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
David is saying that when it comes to God’s presence, we can run, but we can’t hide (not that we’d want to). His presence surrounds us just like water surrounds a fish or like the atmosphere surrounds the planet. God’s omnipresence means God is never in one place at one time but is in all places at all times As an omnipresent Person he’s not contained to some heavenly throne or earthly building (church or temple). Because God doesn’t have a physical body, he can be everywhere present at the same time (all of him, not pieces of him). That being said, God is not like a mist or ether, either. He is a person.
Since we are limited time-space-physical beings that can only be in one place at one time, God’s omniscience may be the hardest of his omni features to grasp. However, don’t confuse it with the Hindu concept that “god is all and all is god.” As Creator, our “all everywhere” God is distinct from what he has created (Romans 1:25). However, his omnipresence means that God is with us all the time. He’s with us when we pray. He walks with us through life. He’s right here right now regardless if we can sense him or not. Thus, we are never alone even when we are alone. Therefore, we don’t need to “practice his presence” as some Christian mystics have encouraged in the past. We just need to become more aware of his presence each day.
Video – Raymond, “She’s There”
Conclusion
For me, thinking about God’s omni-ness can be as comforting as it is confusing. Nevertheless, I totally trust what little I know about our great God and my hope is that you will too.Omni
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