It is the nature of the ungodly to seek to escape God.
In introducing his important book, The Long War Against God, Henry Morris writes,
The denial of God — rejecting the reality of supernatural creation and the Creator’s sovereign rule of the world — has always been the root cause of every human problem. This evolutionary, humanistic, pantheistic — even atheistic — world view has taken many different forms over the ages, varying with the time and culture, but it has always been there in one guise or another, to turn the minds and hearts of people away from their Maker. There has indeed been an agelong war against God. It has been going on from the beginning of time and will increase in intensity in these last days.
Men will do anything to escape God and eliminate Him from their consciences so that they can “freely” indulge in any sinful inclination. Yet there is no escaping God.
Where can a man go to escape God? Going to the highest heights of the heavens or the furthest depths of the ocean will allow one to escape God’s presence (Ps. 139:7, 9). Darkness will not hide him (Ps. 139:12). And even in the ultimate quest for escape — Hell — there is no escaping God presence. God is omnipresent, which means He is even in Hell. That is true theologically, and it is true biblically, as Revelation 14 asserts:
Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” (vv. 9–10)
In other words, people who think that they will finally be able to elude God and enjoy freedom from His truth, conviction, and judgment in Hell have misunderstood the nature of God and His omnipresence.
Commenting on this truth, Steve Lawson has written:
The omnipresence of God does not mean that the manifestation of God is the same in every place. Nor does it mean that His activity is the same in every place. God reveals Himself and acts in different ways in different places. For example, the Bible teaches that He is enthroned in the heavens (Rev. 4:2), yet He is also present on the earth. Scripture teaches that His glory filled Solomon’s temple (2 Chron. 7:2), yet He was also present outside the temple. In fact, the whole earth is full of His glory (Isa. 6:3). He indwells believers (Gal. 2:20), yet He is also involved with unbelievers (Jn. 16:8-11).
Thus, there is clearly a difference here. God manifests Himself in different places and different people. Likewise, God is in heaven and hell. Not only is God in heaven, but He is also in the lake of fire (Rev. 14:10), punishing the ungodly. To be sure, God Himself is inflicting His own wrath in hell. How can this be? God acts differently in different places of His creation. In some places, God is present to punish (hell, Tribulation). In other places, God is present to bless (heaven, church). In yet other places, God is present to sustain (mountains, seas). But He is everywhere present.
Others have similarly added about this omnipresent judgment of God:
“Though in the lake of fire people will be separated from the face-to-face presence of God (2 Thes. 1:9…), they will never be separated from Him who is omnipresent (Rev. 14:10…). There is obviously no presence of fellowship (for His face will be turned away from the wicked in the lake of fire) as exists when He indwells believers.” [Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology.]
“There is nowhere in the entire universe, or land or sea, in heaven or in hell, where one can flee from God’s presence.” [Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology.]
So here is the sobering truth for those who reject God: They want to get away. But they will never escape the One with whom all men have to do.