God with us. God – the Creator, the Powerful One, and the Righteous One. With – Coming down in the form of a powerless, innocent baby. Us – the very imperfect people of Earth, the ones who choose not to recognize His goodness most of the time.
One of the best themes of Christmas, for me, is this idea of Emmanuel. Of “God with Us”.
Most of us will recognize this, primarily Christmas, theme. It’s just in the past few weeks that I’ve made this amazing discovery: The Bible is packed with verses and chapters where “God with Us” is the underlying theme!
Don’t you get excited when Christmas can happen all year round? “God with Us” is not just a Christmas theme. God is with us every moment of every day. He always has been. He always will be.
This week, let’s focus on Emmanuel.
I want to start by looking in the Old Testament.
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”
“Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left,
Your ears will hear a voice behind you
Saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’.”
Genesis tells us that from the very beginning, God was with us! But, even though we messed up by eating that apple, he still wanted to be with us.
We can find so much comfort in knowing this: God wants to be with us.
We can find so much joy knowing this: God is with us.
Isaiah shows us some beautiful, powerful promises. God is with us so much that He gives us this picture where we find him beside us – holding us up. We can allow Him to carry us. We can let Him take control and move us.
He is right behind us in Isaiah 30:21. He is right there, leading us… helping us.
I get quite speechless when I think about all of it. Which doesn’t work well on a blog. So I’ll just suggest this for today to close:
Spend a few minutes meditating on the idea that God wants to be with you. Allow Him to be right there with you. Feel Him holding you up with His hands. Know that He is there to guide you.
Just feel Him with you.
Because His name is “Emmanuel”.