I know it’s not Christmas, but I can’t stop thinking about those 3 words: God with us.
God leaving his holy dwelling, putting on flesh, to dwell among us, to enter in to our mess, our need.
Unlike any other religion, Christianity has a God that is both transcendent and immanent. He is beyond our understanding, beyond our finite thinking, and yet intimately involved in every detail, and with us in every part of our life.
Sometimes, when I set out on my daily walk, I put my headphones in and I press play on my bible app to Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount. Three chapters of scripture that remind me of these three words:
God with us.
He is beyond our understanding, beyond our finite thinking, and yet intimately involved in every detail, and with us in every part of our life.
I imagine these three chapters of Jesus words being spoken to his disciples on that mount. I imagine walking with Jesus, listening to His teaching, as these words are spoken to my heart. I can’t help but feel more like God is with me than when I’m slow, and alone, walking in the cool of they day, listening to these verses. Don’t miss this.
God with us.
I think if we’re honest, often we forget this. Jennie Allen said in a recent blog we “live our life FOR God instead of WITH God.”
There is a big difference. I can spend my days cleaning my house, cooking dinner, doing dishes, serving my husband, getting my chores done, and completing all of my “wifely duties”, which he will appreciate. But nothing brings us closer than when I put all that down, sit beside him on the couch and just spend time WITH him.
The same is true with God. I can go to church, serve people coffee, greet people at the door, go to my bible study, check off my reading for the day, and do all of my “religious duties”. But nothing deepens my relationship with God like just being with Him. Being with Immanuel, the God who put on flesh to be with us.
When I look at people who are walking through trials and suffering and I see peace, it’s because they get this. They get “God with us” and live like it’s true. They take their pain, their hurt, their suffering to God and spend time with God.
Immanuel, the God who put on flesh to be with us.
When life is hard, or when life is good, they are marked with JOY because they understand “God with us” and live life with Him. It brings me hope to remember “God with us”. It reminds me:
We can have peace in the midst of our chaos, because the Prince of Peace is with us.
We can be comforted in our pain and suffering because the God of ALL Comfort is with us.
We can be rescued from all of our sin because the Rescuer is with us.
We can be redeemed from our past (and our present) because the Redeemer is with us.
So often when life feels hopeless or overwhelming, it’s because I forget this truth. I’m looking for my circumstance to change rather than looking to the One who holds my circumstance.
God with us.
We can be rescued from all of our sin because the Rescuer is with us. We can be redeemed from our past (and our present) because the Redeemer is with us.
It’s easy to go on living like God is our lucky rabbit’s foot or genie in a bottle, calling on him only when we need Him. But it’s better to live like He’s with us. In every moment, in every circumstance, sees every tear and hears every bit of laughter. In our kitchens as we make dinner, in the hospital room next to us, in the cubicle at work, in our loneliness, in our fullness, in our hopelessness and in our joy.
When the walls feel like they’re caving in or when we are set loose to run free.
God with us.
Do you regularly remember Immanuel, God with us?
How do you spend time with God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
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