IMMANUEL

“Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.” Is 7: 14

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel – which means, ‘God with us.’” Matt 1: 23

God is with us. Without a doubt, God is with us and has always been with us. He was with Abram when He told him to go to a land “I will show you”. He was with Abraham and Sarah when they had a son called Isaac (which means “he laughs”) when having a child seemed beyond hope for them.

He was with Jacob in the wilderness when he saw the ladder descending from heaven. God told Jacob “I am with you and will watch over you…” Gen 28: 15. And when Jacob awoke he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I was not aware of it.”

He was with Noah when he built the ark in a dry and dusty environment. He was with Moses when he spoke to Pharaoh about releasing the Israelites. He was with the Israelites on their forty-year journey to the land God had promised Abraham and Isaac. He was with Jonah in the belly of a fish and in Nineveh. He was with David when he was a mighty warrior and when he was a powerful king. He was also with David when he had an affair with Bathsheba creating turmoil in the palace. He was with all of the prophets and used them to communicate with His people.

He was with the Apostles physically as well as spiritually. He was with the many recipients of His healing miracles. He was with Paul on the Damascus road and in all of his missionary travels after his conversion.

He has always been with His creation that He loves and He still is. He is with us when we have lost a loved one. He is with us when we struggle with decisions of a family member or dear friend. He is with us when we argue with our wife, when we lose our temper with our children, when we drown our problems with alcohol or drugs, when we forget about our problems by watching pornography, He is with us when we elect to work or do something else instead of choosing to go worship Him. He is with us. Always.

David said, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you, the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Ps 139: 7-12

Jesus Himself promised, “…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  AND SURELY I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, TO THE VERY END OF THE AGE.” Matt 28: 20

We are approaching the celebration of Immanuel’s birth. The question is like Jacob, are we aware that He is with us?

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