Not Alone

Isaiah 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.


The name Immanuel means “God with us”.

Implied in this is that there was a time (and still seems to be many times) when it feels like God was not (and is not) with us. That we’re all alone.

immanuel-isa-7-14But this is not true. Even when we “feel” alone, experientially, we can know that we are not alone at all.

There was that moment in time, prophecied here in Isaiah 7 (and then reiterated years later in the gospel of Matthew 1:23), when God would indeed prove this to all creation.  When God the Son willingly came to our earth to incarnationally live among us and to sacrificially give his life for us; on our behalf.

And Jesus remains with us. He continues to teach, lead, comfort, convict, and love us by and with his Holy Spirit.

So maybe you’re a college freshman away from home for the very first time, or maybe a stressed-out middle-aged dad or mom, or maybe you’ve recently been torn by a painful divorce; maybe you’re one struggling to overcome cancer or another terrifying disease, maybe a senior who has lost a spouse, who misses children who live miles away, or one who is simply afraid of dying, possibly even afraid of living!  And maybe you feel all alone in your struggle or pain.

So to each and every one of us, remember this good word:  Immanuel. It is to remind us that we are not alone.  …

God with US!


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