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Study Resources :: Text Commentaries :: Don Stewart :: The Attributes of God That Belong to Him Alone

Don Stewart :: In What Specific Ways Is God Present with His Creation?

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In What Specific Ways Is God Present with His Creation?

The Attributes of God That Belong to Him Alone – Question 9

The God of the Bible is everywhere present in the universe. Indeed, the Bible says that God is present with His creation in a number of specific ways. They include the following.

1. He Is with the Angels in Heaven

The Bible says that God is with the angels in heaven. We read the following account in the Book of Isaiah.

In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Hovering around him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew. In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” (Isaiah 6:1-3 NLT)

Here in the throne room of heaven we find the Lord present with the angels.

2. God Is Present in the Natural World

God is also present natural world. We read the following in the Book of Nahum about God’s presence in the elements.

The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. (Nahum 1:3 ESV)

In this instance the Lord was working through the whirlwind and the storm. The Bible thus instructs us that God may use natural forces to accomplish His divine purposes.

3. He Is Able to Sustain All Things by His Presence

God is able to sustain everything in the universe by His holy presence. We read in Hebrews about the Lord’s sustaining power.

God’s Son has all the brightness of God’s own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together. After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3 CEV)

God the Son holds the universe together. Indeed, Scripture says that He holds it together by His mighty Word.

When Paul wrote to the Colossians he emphasized the same truth. He said that God the Son, Jesus Christ, holds all things together.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17 RSV)

He is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

4. He Is There for Those Who Seek Him

God is ever-present for those who seek after Him. The Apostle Paul emphasized this truth when He spoke to a pagan crowd in the city of Athens.

“His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17:27 NLT)

This is an encouraging truth. The Lord does not hide from those who seek after Him.

5. He Is with Those Who Are Doing His Work

The Lord is also present with those who are doing His work. Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus gave the following command to His disciples.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NRSV)

Jesus claimed that He would be with His disciples as they did His work. He would be with them wherever they went.

6. He Is Present in the Life of a Believer

God is always present in the life of the believer in Jesus Christ. Paul wrote the following to the Galatians.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

Christ lives in those who have believed in Him.

Therefore, from Scripture, we find a number of specific ways that the Lord is with His creation.

Summary – Question 9
In What Specific Ways Is God Present with His Creation?

The Bible says that God is present with His creation in a number of specific ways. Scripture gives a number of examples of this.

For one thing, we are told that the Lord is present in heaven with the angels. We also find that God is also present in the natural world. The prophet Nahum spoke of Him working through the elements.

His unique presence is with those who seek after Him. Indeed, will be with them in a special way.

God is also present with those who are doing the work of the ministry. He will watch over them as they do His work.

Finally, He is present in the life of each believer. He is promised to always be with us.

These truths demonstrate that God’s presence is everywhere in the universe. It also illustrates that He is a God who is personally involved with His creation. These truths should be of great comfort to us.

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If God Is Everywhere Present, Then How Could Jonah Flee from His Presence? Next Section →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.


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