10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
Jesus is “Immanuel” or “God with us.” In Jesus, God came and walked among his creation. Through Jesus a way was established that would restore our relationship with God, and with the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are never without God’s presence in our lives.
“... the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” - Isaiah 7:14
At this time of year, reminders of Jesus’ birth are everywhere, in Christmas carols sung and played, Nativities in Church or on your neighbor’s lawn, TV specials (especially those Hallmark movies), and family traditions. But I wonder how many of us woke up today with the confidence that God is with us?
When the reality of the truth of God’s abiding presence really grabs hold of us, our actions and attitudes change.
You see, because God is with us, we can never be separated from His love. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39).
Because God is with us, we can accomplish His will for us. For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13).
And because God is with us, we do not have to live with fear, worry, or dissatisfaction. You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. (Psalm 16:11)
When you’re facing the heartache of Christmas without a family member, remember, God is with you. When the world around you seems almost unrecognizable, remember, God is with you. And when you’re cuddled up with your kids around a fire, God is with you there, too.
I have found, you have too I suspect, that it is one thing to know in our mind God is with us; it is quite another thing to carry this truth into each day. This season, let the knowledge that God is with you lead you to love more fully, give more generously, and live more confidently.