MAY 2 – DIVINE IMMANENCE

And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

—Genesis 28:16

What does the divine immanence mean in direct Christian experience? It means simply that God is here. Wherever we are, God is here…. There can be no place where He is not….

Jacob had never been for one small division of a moment outside the circle of that all-pervading Presence. But he knew it not. That was his trouble, and it is ours. Men do not know that God is here. What a difference it would make if they knew….

Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one. He would reveal not only that He is, but what He is as well. He did not have to be persuaded to reveal Himself to Moses. “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD” (Exodus 34:5). He not only made a verbal proclamation of His nature but He revealed His very Self to Moses so that the skin of Moses’ face shone with the supernatural light. It will be a great moment for some of us when we begin to believe that God’s promise of self-revelation is literally true, that He promised much, but no more than He intends to fulfill.

Our pursuit of God is successful just because He is forever seeking to manifest Himself to us. POG058, 060-061

Lord, You are indeed in this place, even when I am unaware of You. I pray that I might know the reality of that truth and be sensitive to Your presence today. Amen. [1]


28:16 Surely Yahweh is indeed in this place Unlike Abraham’s and Isaac’s divine encounters within the land of promise, Jacob’s encounter was at a location not yet associated with divine appearances. His astonishment highlights the belief in cosmic geography—that certain places were associated with divine appearances.[2]


28:16 I did not know: God takes the initiative in seeking and confronting us.[3]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 28:16). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 52). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

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