My favorite name God has given Himself is Emmanuel or Immanuel (depending on the version of Scripture you are reading). It means: God with us. Stop and take in each word separately: GOD... WITH... US. Can you believe that? Yes, He came as a baby, humbling Himself and stepping down into our mess and then lived a perfect life among us. Showing us how to live, to pray, to love, to grieve. to rejoice... to die. He walked with us. BUT then when He died, was raised from the dead, He went back to Heaven to prepare our home. But He didn't leave us with nothing, He sent His Spirit to be IN us if we place our trust and faith in Jesus. We now get to carry Him around with us. He is God IN us and God WITH us!
Whatever YOU are up against God wants you to hear His voice, “I AM WITH YOU.” You may feel unseen or forgotten or unable to put one foot in front of the other…. But here’s the truth: you are seen and loved and able BECAUSE the Great I Am is right there with you.
I hope this encourages you this Christmas season. I know it already has in my heart.
Original artwork by Heather Gilion at Story Designs. This reproduction of Story Designs' original painting of Matthew 1:23 is available in an 8x10 and 11x14, printed on fine art paper.
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