(The Omnipresent God)
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. ” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”
Genesis 28:16-17 NKJV
Genesis 28:10–22 describes Jacob’s encounter with the Lord while fleeing from his brother Esau. On his way to Laban’s house, he was forced to sleep on the ground with a rock for a pillow and there the Lord appeared to him in a dream, giving to him the promises of Abraham as well as a vow to be with him on his journey and to bring him back to the land of promise.
After the encounter, Jacob exclaimed, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know.” He did not expect to encounter the Lord in a place like that, far from the altar of his father; but there in an open field, he finds himself in the house of God and at the gate of heaven.
Jacob then makes a powerful connection between the place and God’s presence and calls the name of the place Bethel, “the house of God.”
We often tend to make the same mistake when we only associate God’s presence with particular physical locations. We tend to forget God is omnipresent and therefore everywhere. The Old Testament generation believed that certain spots were set aside by God as places to connect with Him. However, in this dispensation, we are made to understand that we can meet and encounter God anywhere and everywhere.
David said “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
Psalms 139:7 NKJV
In other words, no matter where you find yourself, no matter what situation you find yourself in, you can encounter God. All you have to do is call on Him.
Pray with me:
My Heavenly Father, I thank you for the assurance in your Word. May I always be in Your presence and may I have an encounter with You today, in Jesus’ name, amen.