Something to Think About: Immanence
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Sometimes we avoid using a word because we are not sure exactly what it means, especially if it is a “theological” term. After all, we are not theologians and have not studied the finer nuances of such terms as “immanence.”
The truth is, we are all theologians.
We all have ideas and concepts of who God is and what He is like. One of the great truths about our God is that He is never distant from us, ever.
The book of Deuteronomy impresses again and again upon the people of Israel that God is present with them. “Immanence” simply means that God is not far away. Though unseen with the human eye, He is very present. In teaching the Israelites this lesson, God appeared as a cloud in the day and pillar of fire at night. With this cloud, He led the people for forty years. He also burned into their consciences the truth of His abiding presence with His people.
When we speak of the immanence of God, we are acknowledging His divine presence with us. When we come to worship, part of what we always do is to acknowledge the reality of God’s presence in our midst.