God’s omnipresence implies justice
The so-called prophets of Israel were stirring up the wrath of God. The people had been idolatrous and disobedient, and these false prophets were “prophesying” peace. They were soothing the people, assuring them that they were not going to be under divine judgment. By the way, we have our own false prophets in our day minimizing the devastation of sin and the wrath of God on sinners and the need for repentance and salvation.
As the Lord denounces these false prophets, He says,
23 “Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away?
24 Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. – Jeremiah 23:23-24
Here, we see both the immanence (the nearness and involvement) and the transcendence (the otherness and vastness) of God. He asks, Am I God at hand…and not a God far away? This is a rhetorical question. He is immanent, unlike the false gods.
Then, the Lord asks, Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do I not fill heaven and earth? So, here is God’s transcendence and omnipresence.
And what’s implied in these questions is that these false prophets are, by no means, flying under the radar of God. Their false prophecies and twisted shepherding has not gone unnoticed and they will be judged.
So, just as we should praise God for His graciousness in His omnipresence, so should we praise and fear Him that He sees every sin. For the unbeliever, that should be especially frightening, because they have absolutely no forgiveness for all that God has seen them do. But they can, if only they would repent.
For the believer, the sins that God sees in their life have already had God’s wrath poured upon them on the cross of Christ. So, the believer should be all the more grateful that even though He has seen all of our sins, He sent His Son as a propitiation for our sins. But it’s also good for us to be fearful of the idea.
Though God will not judge His children eternally, He will chasten and discipline them here on earth, because He loves us. And His chastening can be heavy and fearsome. May we continually consider His omnipresence with cheerfulness and fear.