(This is day ten of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Matthew 1: 22,23; Isaiah 7:10-15; and John 1:14.
Make a sign to remind you that God is with you and hang it where you will see it often.
Immanuel means “God with us.” How is Jesus still with us even though he doesn’t walk on the earth? I know he no longer–at least at the moment–physically walks on the earth, but I also know how often I’ve felt His presence. Sometimes, He is close enough that I think I’ll see Him if I blink just right. I wish I could feel that all of the time. All I know is, we have a date in heaven to walk along the beach together… and I can’t wait.
How is God “for” us different than God “with” us? What are some ways you sense God with you? God for us is the fact that He is on our side. He cares enough that He wants to be with us. Even though we mess up royally, He fights for us. I don’t know how to explain how it feels when He is right beside me, but it’s like knowing He is there, sensing that He is this peace and comfort and strength and awe all wrapped around me at once. I can’t even begin to know how to explain that.
When was a time in your life when you felt closest to Jesus? Make plans to do something today to get closer to God. I think the season in which I felt Him most strongly was when my husband was in Iraq. That whole time, He was so close. Oh, there was a very bad stretch in there when God and I had it out, but He stuck right there, walking beside me through some crazy times, leading me to look deeper at what He wanted out of me. I was absorbed by Him. When I look back on that year, all I see is Him.