God Wants a Banana
A little boy named Doug was having one of those unique childlike discussions with his Mom. It was one of those conversations that only comes from the young, inquisitive mind of a child. He asked, “Mom, is God in the moon?” She did her best to explain that God is everywhere. “Is he in my tummy?” Doug asked. “Well, sort of,” his mom responded, not sure where these questions were leading. Doug paused and then declared, “Then God wants a banana” (Buff Spies, in Reader’s Digest, November 1991; from Neal Pollard’s Daily Bread devotional).
What does it mean to say that God is omnipresent? Let’s marvel at the nature of God…
Let’s look at a definition of God’s omnipresence: “present everywhere at the same time.” This means that God is completely (that is, all of Him) everywhere all the time.
There are a number of verses that show God is omnipresent. In 1 Kings 8:27, Solomon prayed of God: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!” In the New Testament, we read, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
Indeed, God is everywhere. He is not in everything as a part of it. That would be the false idea of pantheism. Nor is everything “god.” That, too, would be a false idea, known as panentheism. But, God is everywhere so that He is not limited to any specific place.
This attribute of God is seen in Balaam’s prophecies on Israel. Balak, king of Moab, hired Balaam to curse Israel. He took Balaam to “the high places of Baal” but Balak could not curse Israel from there (Num. 22:41-23:5). So, he took Balaam to “to the top of Pisgah” (23:13-16). But, Balaam could not curse him from there. So, he tried again from the “top of Peor” (23:27-24:2). Yet, the curse would not work from there either. What Balaam did not realize was that God is not a provincial god. He rules from heaven, not earth.
Because God is omnipresent, we know we can trust Him to provide for us, wherever we are and wherever we go.
We should have an awareness of God’s nearness – Psalm 139:7-10. We should have a sense of total and complete reliance on Him – Colossians 1:17; Acts 17:27-28. We can trust our children into God’s hands wherever they might be!
We should realize, for better or worse, that we cannot hide anything from God – Hebrews 4:13.