Emmanuel – God is with you


21And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.  22All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through the prophet:  23“Look!  The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”  Matthew 1:21-23

I  cannot remember a time in my life that God has not been with me.  There have certainly been moments when I questioned His presence during difficult times.  But, looking back, I am always able to see there wasn’t a second where He wasn’t walking this journey with me.  I’ve never walked it alone.

Neither have you.  God is in your past.  He is in your present.  And, because, He has always been with you, you can rest in knowing He is in your future.  He is Emmanuel.  He is with you.

And, nothing can separate you from His presence.  There is nothing you can do or not do.  There is nothing that can make Him not be with you.  Psalms 139 says that we can never escape from His presence.  That if we go up into heaven, He is there, and if we go down to the grave, He is there.  There has never been a moment in your life that He has not been with you.

Once this truth becomes a reality to us, it changes us.  We become more aware of Him in everything we do.  Every place we go.  We become aware of His presence in every single part of our life.

And, I’m learning that the more aware I become of Him, moment by moment, the more my life changes.  I think differently.  I respond differently.  I see people differently.  The more aware I become of His presence in my life, the more I grow to depend on Him. On His strength.  On His faithfulness.

Emmanuel has never not been with you.  Emmanuel is with you at this very moment.  And, He will be with you tomorrow.  He loves you.  And, nothing can separate Emmanuel from you.

38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39   Ω

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