God With Us

December 5, 2020

Matthew 1:23 NIV

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Today’s Reading: Matthew 1:22-25 NIV

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.  (Matthew 1:22-25 NASB)

Immanuel: "God with us.”

In the brightness of a new day - God is with us…
In the birth of a child - God is with us.
In the grind of work - God is with us.
In the celebration of a promotion - God is with us.
In the uncertainty of unemployment - God is with us.
In the midst of a pandemic - God is with us.
In the middle of homeschooling - God is with us.

In the loss of a child,
When the breakup happens,
At the gravesite of a parent,
During the slow deterioration of health,
Through the painful process of divorce,
God is with us.

In your brokenness,
In your sin struggle,
In your anxiety,
In your depression,
In your frustration,
God is with you.
When you say:
I need help,
I am in pain,
I don’t feel you,
I am lost,
I am alone,
I am frustrated,
I am thankful,
I am loved,
I am Yours,
I am confused,
I am worried
I am neglected,
I am rejected,
God is with you.

It is the message of Christmas. It is the gift of Christmas. God’s desire to be with us is so great that He sent His Son to become the sacrifice that tears down every dividing wall which stands in the way of a personal relationship with Him. Receive the gift, treasure the gift. When we do so, God never promised that difficult times would not come, but rather the promise is during the beauty of life, and in the depths of darkness... God with us.