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In the first of two OT references, notice   men. Facing a brutal martyr’s death, and
        that Adam enjoyed communion with      looking up to Heaven, he was encouraged
        God, who walked in the garden. He fully   in the hour of deepest trial by the Great
        comprehended the restriction God placed   High Priest, Jesus, who was standing,
        on the tree of the knowledge of good and   succouring and encouraging His servant
        evil. “The eyes of the Lord are in every   passing through the fire.
        place, beholding the evil and the good”   No study of God’s omnipresence would
        (Pro 15:3). After disobeying their Creator,   be complete without looking at our Lord
        it was futile for Adam and Eve to attempt   Jesus Christ who was God manifest in the
        to hide behind a tree. The first words to   flesh (1Ti 3:16). He “thought it not robbery
        fallen man, “Where art thou?” (Gen 3:9),   to be equal with God” (Php 2:6). He was
        did not imply that God could not locate   no less upon this earth than when He was
        Adam, for the ever-present God desired   upon the throne supreme. He possessed
        that Adam locate himself.             all the attributes of deity as He sojourned
          In the second, consider Hagar, who   here. He is omnipresent because He is
        fled in desperation after being abandoned   God.
        by Abraham and rejected by Sarah. The   The Lord Jesus demonstrated His
        angel of the Lord knew the details of her   omnipresence. He told a woman at a
        life. She confessed, “Thou God seest me”   well the details of her life (John 4). When
        (Gen 16:13).                          Philip brought Nathanael to the Lord,
          There is for the believer rich blessing in   Nathanael asked how He knew him. The
        the omnipresence of God. We can enjoy   omnipresent Lord replied, “When thou
        rich communion with the ever-present   wast under the fig tree, I saw thee” (Joh
        God in every circumstance of life. How   1:48).
        precious are the words of Isaiah 43:2:   In John 3:13, while upon earth, Jesus
        “When thou passest through the waters,   spoke of being in heaven. Since He is
        I will be with thee; and through the   everywhere at the same time, He can be
        rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when   both on earth and in heaven. In Matthew
        thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt   18:20, across the acres of earth, wherever
        not be burned; neither shall the flame   companies of believers are gathered
        kindle upon thee.”  To Israel, the waters   together in His name, He is with them
        would identify the Red Sea when they   in their midst. Finally, He said to His
        were pursued by the Egyptians; the river   disciples before He returned to heaven,
        Jordan, their possession of the land; the   “Lo, I am with you always” (Mat 28:20).
        fire, the three men in a burning furnace.   How precious and encouraging it is
        But how precious it is to be reminded, “I   to know and to experience daily His
        will be with thee.” The apostle gives us   nearness. Whether it is in the kitchen
        the Lord’s promise: “I will never leave   meeting the needs of a little family,
        thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb 13:5). In the   working in the office, sitting at a school
        flowing rivers of life’s difficulties, the deep   desk, labouring alone in the harvest field
        waters many pass through or the fires of   proclaiming the gospel, or laid aside
        testimony for Christ, He promises to be   because of the infirmities of age, we can
        with His own. Stephen’s body was being   rest confidently assured that our Lord is
        crushed with stones thrown by violent   ever-present.

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