What’s in a Name?

Are you experiencing God’s presence? Are you aware that God is with you? That God is in your corner?

A virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel—which means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14) Later an angel reaffirmed the message to Joseph. (Matthew 1:20-23)

A little boy’s father had gone on a long business trip. He missed his father terribly, especially at bedtime when his daddy always read him a bedtime story. His mother, wanting to comfort him, gave him a photo of his dad to take to bed with him. The boy would clutch it under the blanket and fall asleep with it. One evening as he studied the photo he said, “I wish daddy would just step out of the picture and be here with me now.”

That’s what God did one Christmas. He stepped out of his heavenly frame and came down to earth in the person of Jesus Christ so he could be near us. He came into the world in bodily form. He is with us now, not just in name or in thought, but in reality. He is with us in person. He is a God who gets involved in our lives. He is a God who lives among us, Isaiah tells us:  “for great is the Holy One among you” (Isaiah 12:6).

Are you experiencing His presence? Are you aware that God is with you? That God is in your corner? We don’t always feel his presence, but then, feelings are not reliable. They change with the weather or a night’s sleep.

God says he is present. “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Speak the words out loud, “Thank you God that you are with me right now. You are walking with me and holding my hand. You know the way and will lead me to a good end. Therefore, I have nothing to be afraid of.”

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

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