Every day, we go through the motions of our mundane lives like clockwork. At work or at home, we sometimes feel that God is not with us. But In our moments of solitude, brokenness, and despair, we question why God is nowhere to be found. Did God leave or forsake me? When tragedy strikes, we search for God.
We face a battle every day—a constant encounter with ourselves and with the Enemy. Left to ourselves, we are helpless when faced with trials of many kinds. When confronted by the wiles of the devil, we also fall into sin, which impairs our holy relationship with God.
Nothing is more important than the profound presence of God. Remember that God is an omnipresent God—He is everywhere every time. Whether we feel God’s presence or not, rest assured that He manifests and dwells in us.
7 Incredible Things About The Presence Of God
Immanuel: God in Us. The presence of God finds its greatest expression in Immanuel—expressed from the Greek words “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 reads: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).
The promised Messiah and child were given the name of Jesus but was also Immanuel— God in the flesh. The Word became flesh and dwells among us.
God Fills The Heavens And The Earth. Heaven is the inherent dwelling place of God and earth is God’s footstool. Jeremiah 23:24 reads: “Can a man hide in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the Lord.”Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.
Before the creation of the Earth, the Bible describes heaven as a place filled with God’s presence. Angels stand in God’s presence. Heaven is the highest, most exalted place of all, and it is fitting that God manifests His presence in this holiest place. The Kingdom of God also reigns on the earth.
God Is Omnipresent. God’s presence is everywhere—omnipresence. In our home, place of work, or on a mountain, God is present. In Psalm 139:7–12, David says God is everywhere we might go in this life. We can trust God’s presence and blessing in every step and second of our lives.
Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit. The dwelling of the Holy Spirit happens the moment a person receives Jesus Christ as Savior. The Spirit then begins His work in the life of the believer.
1 Corinthians 3:16 says: Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? God manifests and works in Christians through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Revealed In The Lives Of Adam And Our Forefathers. The presence of God manifested in the Garden of Eden. Aaron, David, Paul, and Moses spoke that He reigns over the whole earth. The New Testament is full of stories of how God has made His presence known and felt by His people in human history.
In the same manner, God is with us in the present day through His son Immanuel Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1:1–2 reads: In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son.
We Can’t Predict His Profound Presence. We usually can’t predict when God will make His presence known to us. In answers to prayers or in our dreams, we are sure about God’s nearness. His presence can also be manifested at a huge evangelistic event, a church gathering, or a Christian concert.
We Will Actually See God In Heaven. Compared to the earthly realm, we will actually see the Lord face to face in heaven. Revelation 22:3–4 reads: The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face and his name will be on their foreheads. God has promised us an eternal kingdom where we will see His physical presence and attain blessed pleasures forevermore.
What Does It Mean To Be In The Presence Of God
We Are Protected. God is our ultimate protector. Psalm 91:9–10 says, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.” He will keep us safe from all harm, hidden dangers, and deadly diseases. In the Old Testament, Moses told the Israelites God will protect them if they will nurture faith.
We Get Strength And Empowerment. Our limited and frail physical and psychological capacities get exhausted. But, we can draw strength from God’s power when we have a close and personal encounter with Him.
Isaiah 40:31 reads: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” When we call unto God, He gives us added strength to overcome all weariness and difficulties in our lives.
We Have God To Defeat The Enemy. We are often led astray by the Devil and fall into sin. The wiles of the enemy make us somehow powerless and vulnerable to sin. But with God’s presence, we can resist and defeat the enemy’s plots and schemes. James 4:7 reads: Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
We Gather Joy And Happiness. When we fix our minds on God and are filled with His presence, nothing can take away joy from our hearts. Acts 2:28 reads: You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. The Lord’s presence means we need to trust God’s Word and that He always gives us His blessings.
We Are Comforted. In the daily grind of our lives, we experience worries and anxieties anytime, anywhere, and in any situation. Because of the concerns of this world, we become exhausted and troubled—devoid of joy and peace.
In Scripture, Jesus Christ is also our High Priest who gives us rest. But, God’s presence provides comfort in times of trouble or anxiety. Joshua 1:5 reads: As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
How To Experience God’s Presence In An Impactful Way
Confess And Repent
Sometimes we can’t sense God’s presence because unconfessed sin blocks His mighty presence in us. 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Confession and repentance cleanse us from sin and restores our holy fellowship with Jesus Christ.
Prayer And Bible Reading
When Christians pray, we solicit God’s presence and blessing in our lives. Jeremiah 29:12 reads: Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. In our abject moments of solitude and trouble, prayer gives us access to God and His divine presence.
God’s Word is the source of truth. When we read the words of Scripture we experience the profoundness of God’s presence and the impactful revelation of His teachings. God draws near to us in prayer and study of scriptures.
Psalm 119: 105 reads: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Reading the Bible is a fundamental activity for every Christian to discern the Lord’s presence and His magnificence.
Church, Praise, And Worship
Congregational praise and worship embody our collective exaltation to our one true God. When we lift our hands together in prayer, praise, and worship we experience the awesome presence of the Lord.
Psalm 86:9 reads: All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name. When we worship Him as a holy nation in spirit and in truth, we magnify God’s presence in our midst.
7 Bible Verses That Prove God’s Presence
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.—Genesis 3:8
Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.—Matthew 18:19–20
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.—Psalm 23:4
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.—John 1:14
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.—Joshua 1:9
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.—Genesis 28:15
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.—Matthew 18:20
God is Omnipresent and Omniscient—regardless if we feel His presence or not. He is assuredly around us, and the Holy Spirit dwells within us. We don’t have to wait until Sunday before we can experience God’s presence. When we turn to Him in prayer, study God’s Word, and exalt Him in praise and worship, we profoundly enjoy His splendor and glory.
God has promised He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can be assured of the Lord’s presence, even when we are struggling with pain and desperation. But in the coming eternal and heavenly age to come, we will be ultimately blessed, for we will meet God face to face.