through His Word
by Evelyn Wells
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).
Matthew 1:23 ESV
Many years before His birth, Isaiah foretold that Jesus would be born and that He would be called “Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.” Jesus didn’t come to earth just to be our Savior, He came to become our Lord. He came as Friend, as God Himself. He is our Helper, our Sustainer, our Protector, and our Provider. He is our Healer, full of mercy and grace. He especially is our Love. He is most assuredly the God Who is with us.
As believers we find all this is true in different times, places, and situations. Through His Holy Spirit, Jesus dwells with us. No matter what we are going through, He is in our midst. Guiding us, comforting us, loving us.
I once heard my pastor say, “If you’re not going through a crisis right now, hold on. Life throws crises at us at an alarming rate. We have to be prepared to weather the storms of life. Because they will come when we least expect them. We have to be prepared to trust our Lord with whatever situation we encounter.”
In early January, the unthinkable happened. My younger son suffered a heart attack. My first reaction, after desperately pleading with God to spare Lee, was denial. How could he have had a heart attack? He hikes the Appalachian trail, bikes, and runs. “Lord, how can this be?” He gave me assurance that He was there with us. I knew without the shadow of a doubt that God was in control. This hadn’t happened without God knowing about it. It hadn’t sneaked up on God as it had on us.
All through that long weekend God sustained our family. He assured us of His great love for us through the prayers of our church, our family, and our friends and neighbors. Our spirits were lifted. We were filled with gratitude for all the prayer warriors who went to battle for our family during this ordeal.
Sure, God is with us in our hard times, when life suddenly lets us know we’re not in control. But God is our Immanuel in our daily lives, as well. He’s here when we go to the grocery store and while we run errands. He goes to work with us, and He’s with us at school when we have finals. God is with us wherever we are and whatever we’re doing.
He is Immanuel.
© Copyright 2018 by Evelyn Wells
Evelyn Wells has a passion to glorify God by writing inspirational material, including devotions, creative nonfiction and short stories. She lives in North Georgia with her two cats and enjoys her children and grandson. She loves traveling with friends and a good book. Connect with her on Twitter at @venable_wells.
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