“Am I a God who is only in one place?” asks the LORD. “Do they think I cannot see what they are doing? Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” asks the LORD.”
Jeremiah 23:23-24 (NLT)
God is omnipresent which means He is in all places at all times. He is both near (immanent) and far away (transcendent). How awesome and powerful He is! This attribute of God presents us with a sense of security that we are not alone. This is also a warning to those who are not following faithfully that He knows all and sees all that they do. We cannot hide from Him.
In Jeremiah 23:23-24, God warns false prophets that He sees them and knows their ways. He did not send false prophets to proclaim His Word and yet they “ran” to tell a message to the people. He condemns them for not standing in His presence and council; if they had, their message would have been one calling the people to repentance (Jeremiah 23:21-22). These false prophets included leaders of the temple whom the people trusted to speak truth from God. As we know from the first chapters in the book of Jeremiah, he was called by God to be a true prophet. Jeremiah speaks against these false prophets many times and makes it clear their lives are corrupt.
Do we have false teaching today? Do we need to be careful what we listen to and believe? Yes, we do! Jeremiah’s prophecy in chapter 23, verses 5-6 proclaims that God would raise up a “righteous branch of David” to save the people – and He did! Jesus Christ, the Lord Our Righteous Savior, did come! He was crucified for us, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, indwelling all who believe in Him with the Holy Spirit to guide us (Acts 1:2). Praise the Lord!
Those who believe need to listen to the Spirit to help discern when there is false teaching and to examine the Scriptures for the truth – God’s truth. Scripture is clear on recognizing false teachings. 2 Peter 2:11-17 is also a good passage to study on this subject.
Are you educating yourself in studying the Scriptures so you are aware of false teaching? How about what you are teaching? Are you careful to teach and live out the Scriptures correctly? Are you aware, really aware, that God is omnipresent and sees your heart and all you do? Would this change some things you do in secret?
Psalms 139:1-3 states, “Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways.”
Pray this verse to the Lord today and ask Him to help you.
By Carol Jones