From A Distance, Really?

This Isn’t Peek-A-Boo!

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13 NKJV

A popular song declares, God is watching from a distance. This phrase is an insidious thought! One of God’s attributes is blasphemed by this idea.  God is omnipresent! This means; God is everywhere at once. He is the God who is here with me, you, and everyone. He sees all and knows everything committed and thought.

“For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” Mark 4:22 NKJV

A person who sees events from a distance, is not as reliable as a witness as one who is near to the event. People who believe, God is watching from a distance, feel free from His gazing eyes. In this freedom, they are liberated to do whatever they want. The reason is simple. They feel God does not see them. The fear of an omnipresent God is far from their heart and minds. The Psalmist puts it this way in Psalm 94: 4-7.

“They utter speech, and speak insolent things; All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. They break in pieces Your people, O Lord, And afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, And murder the fatherless. Yet they say, “The Lord does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob understand.” NKJV

The behavior of people in the world proves this. The majority of people behave in a way, which says, “God is watching from a distance.” Therefore, somewhere a murder is taking place. Furthermore, a dictator is oppressing people. There are robberies, mugging, rapes, child molestation, sex trafficking, lying, cheating, adulteries, fornications, taking place in this moment. The person committing doesn’t fear the God who is there, and the victim is wondering where God is. The truth is, God is there, seeing and experiencing all that is happening. He is allowing, through Divine Sovereignty, mankind to act in their freedom of choice. To think this does not affect God as it would affect innocent victims is foolish.

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Genesis 6:5-6 NKJV

If we think critically, about God’s omnipresent attribute, we will realize how deep His love is for us. Only a God who is love, can bear in the heart the great grief He feels from our behavior. I wonder if we had the ability of omnipresent and witnessed every murder, rape, abortion, and all evil at once, how would we handle it? I believe we would have a mental collapse from it all. Nevertheless, the God who sees all, can handle it! He even bears the grief it gives Him. The nature of God, love, enables Him to hold up under the extreme wickedness His omnipresence sees.

“ Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV

The people who believe, God is watching from a distance, cannot fathom the omnipresent ability of God. Nevertheless, they are without excuse. Technological breakthroughs in radio waves teach us the ability of omnipresent activity. For example, in a television studio, one person on camera can be projected throughout the world by radio waves. People with television receivers anywhere, at the same time, can simultaneously see and hear the person in the studio. The Internet is enabling technical giants and governments to see and hear what everyone is doing. Satellite cameras, orbiting the earth, absorb our refracted light waves to be seen in picture clarity. Cameras on street corners funnel your activity to a central clearinghouse. Facial recognition technology allows someone to pick you out of a crowd of people. This is powerful stuff we must deal with. Many in the world fear, “Someone is watching them!” However, it is not the God, who sees and hears everything you think, say and do; they think is watching them.

Technological humans are moving closer to omnipresent activity.  Nevertheless, this pales in comparison to the omnipresence ability of an omnipotent God. When you’re driving your car and speeding, you see a policeman with radar, you fear his ability to understand your fast behavior. Therefore, you slow yourself down and change your behavior. Maybe, if we took seriously the ever-watching eye of God, we would stop and change our behavior. Perhaps, the policeman stops you. You get a ticket. You are ordered to appear before the judge. The book of tickets is opened, and judgement has come. This is what will happen to all of us before the judgement throne of God. The omnipresence of God will open-up the books of His memory and judgement is before you.

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” Revelation 20:11-12 NKJV

None of us can escape the memory picture of us in the mind of God. He has seen it all! Guess what God says about what he has viewed, observes now and will see tomorrow. 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NKJV

We have a need to have our memories in God’s mind expunged! If the memory of our behavior, written in the book of God’s mind, is not erased, we are in trouble. There is a way for this to happen. It happens through the blood of the cross of suffering of Jesus Christ. On His Son, God places all the memories of everyone’s sin on Jesus.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

Your sinful nature and all the memories of your actions in it have been placed on Christ on the cross. He pays the penalty of judgement for you. If you want your life’s memory of sin expunged from the mind of God, you need to accept in your heart what Christ has done for you. This verse explains what happens for you, when you turn to Jesus Christ.

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12 NKJV

My friend, Professor Bob Martin, expressed it this way. “In Christ, God loses His omniscience of your and my sin.” From the lie He saw and heard, to the worse of all sins, He experiences, by watching you, in Christ it is expunged from His mind. This act, of forgetting our sin, is a wonderful gift of grace from God.

For Christians, the truth of the omnipresent Christ, is a promise for us to take seriously. If we believe in His wonderful propitiation for us, we now have His presence with us revealed. Knowing this is a safeguard against yielding to the flesh or sinful nature. This gives us the fear of God, which begins a life of wisdom for us. Sad to say, not too many Christians practice the presence of Christ in their daily lives. The world would be a different place if we did. The church would be a distinctive place if we did! Teaching this truth about the presence of Christ in a Sunday school class brought this reaction. Why, that is like having your mother with you everywhere you go! The truth is, the church likes the God who watches from a distance. This allows them to get away with all types of apostasy. The intelligentsia of Christendom denies His presence and behaves accordingly. The fear of God is removed from congregations and sin returns. These all don’t realize, God is not watching from a distance, but up close and personal. His memory is again recording all this sinful behavior. The book of Revelation confirms this.

“Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.” Revelation 1:12-16 NKJV

The Apostle John experienced the presence of Christ, in the midst of the church in an awesomely incredible way. The Lord tells John about all He sees, through His omnipresence, in the seven churches of Asia. The churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea are judged accordingly. Judgement falls on the evil churches as Christ tells His eyewitness account. Not too many of the seven churches pass His eyewitness exam. A thorough reading for all churches of Revelation chapters one to three is a must to correct the congregations of today. Contrary, to the belief of every denomination committing apostasy, which maintain, God isn’t watching; He is watching, and He is not happy. You may think; God is watching from a distance, but the truth is, He is right here in your face and seeing all you are doing. A great repentance of the blasphemy of a distant God must come to the church.

If the church does not believe in the omnipresence of God, how can the world believe and be saved? How evil to believe in a distant god, when the true God became flesh and died for all He has seen about us.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV

“Am I a God near at hand, says the Lord,
And not a God afar off?
Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
So I shall not see him? says the Lord;
“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.”
Jeremiah 23:23-24 NKJV

God Sees Everything! Even You!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

Guy Calandra Author-The Inside Word-

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