Thursday, December 26, 2013

Immanuel, God with us.

Matthew 1:20-23(NKJV)

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”  

Have you ever felt like Jesus was far away from you? Like your Heavenly Father was too busy working in the lives of others to answer your prayers? I must confess there have been times in my life when I just didn't feel Him there. Times of heartbreak. Times of sadness. Times of loneliness. But, His very name tells me this is not true!!

When the angel of The Lord came to Joseph in a dream, he was reminded of the words of The Lord spoken through the prophet, "and they shall call His name Immanuel" which is translated, "God with us." Even before Jesus was born as that babe in the manger, it was the plan that His presence would be with those who believed in Him as Saviour and Lord.

No matter what the issues of our life, He is with us. He never leaves us. 

I have often heard it said that The Word of God is His love letter to His people. A wise lady once told me to insert my name into it. So, whenever I feel as if my Heavenly Father is far away, I just remember, Immanuel, God with Beth!! 

So, today let me encourage you. Whenever YOU are feeling down, sad, lonely or forgotten all you have to do is remember four very important words.................. Immanuel, God with _______. 

This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I would love to hear your comments. 
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  1. Another very good devotional. Thank you for taking the time. Dad and I are proud of you.

  2. Beth Ann you are a true servant of The Lord! You are correct in that people do fight depression during the holiday season. Even with a house full I have to remind myself that God is with Pammie! No one can ever fill your void in life like The Lord can. Your devotion you wrote last summer is always on my mind PRAYERFULLY WAIT!!! We "PRAYERFULLY WAIT" for answered prayers and the desires of hearts to be met. I will NEVER give up on hope :) Pamela Britt Malone