Where can I go to escape your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I fly on the wings of the dawn and settle down on the western horizon, even there your hand will lead me; your right hand will hold on to me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night”— even the darkness is not dark to you. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you.
God is omnipresent, meaning that God is in all places at all times. Therefore, God is continually available to us. We do not need to be in a church building to have an encounter with God, but God wants us to walk with him each day and every moment. There is a profound comfort in his continual presence.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are with me wherever I go. Teach me to rely upon your continual presence.
Occasionally, we will have the impulse to run or hide from God. Adam and Eve hid from God after they rebelled against God by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Jonah ran from God after God called him to preach to the Ninevites, a pagan people. But God found Adam and Eve hiding in the bushes, and Jonah was cast overboard, swallowed by a whale, and spit up on the shore. God will always find us out. In fact, God will never leave us. But aren’t you happy about that? If the security of our salvation was left to us, sooner or later we would run. But God has promised to never leave us. He is as present with us in times of challenge or failure as much as he is in times of joy and hope. So be at peace. The security of your spiritual journey is in God’s hands.