Jeremiah floats the question, and I almost miss the impact.
Coming as it does in the midst of a firestorm of holy fury against the false prophets who are Jeremiah’s contemporaries, the question sounds rhetorical:
“’Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?
Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?
Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:23, 24)
Immanent and transcendent, God declares Himself to the ears of those who want nothing of Truth, and Jeremiah faithfully stored up His words for us today. We know from reading his howling laments that Jeremiah was no stranger to the sense of God’s absence. A condition that has prowled every believer in every era, I wonder if we notice as acutely in our time?
Oswald Chambers warned against it:
“Guard jealously your relationship to God. . . Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself?” If you are depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone.” (My Utmost for His Highest, January 20th)
He who “fills heaven and earth” is certainly never “gone,” but with a Word that comes to us as both fire and hammer, it’s incredible that we miss His voice so easily.
Because the whole earth is full of his glory,
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