Do you believe God is with you?
Isaiah offers Israel a sign from the Lord: a son will be born to a virgin and his name will be Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Matthew and Luke point out later that this sign was fulfilled in Jesus.
Jesus is God with us. Through Jesus, God came and walked among His creation. He made a way to restore our relationship and gave us His Spirit so we’re never without Him.
Reminders of Jesus’ birth are everywhere this time of year — in Christmas carols, church nativities, TV specials, and family traditions. But how many of us woke up today with the confidence that God is with us?
God’s presence overcomes our fear, worry, and dissatisfaction.
Our actions and attitudes change when we believe God is with us. Because God is with us, we know that we will never be separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39). God’s presence assures us that we can accomplish His will for us (Philippians 2:13). God’s presence overcomes our fear, worry, and dissatisfaction.
When we’re facing the heartache that may come with this time of year, God is with us. When we’re fretting over what the in-laws might think, God is with us. And when we’re cuddled up with our kids around the fire, God is with us there, too.
We can know in theory that God is for us, but the real challenge is carrying this truth into our everyday lives. This Christmas, let the knowledge that God is with us lead us to love more fully, give more generously, and live more confidently.
- Do you struggle sometimes to believe God is with you? Why or why not?
- What is one way you can remind yourself that God is with you?