What I’m sharing with you today is not new. In fact, it’s positively ancient. It comes out of my favorite book in the whole world – the Bible. It’s very simple, yet this one little thing entirely changed the way I think and the way I pray. It built my faith tremendously and helped me through some really hard situations.
You’ve heard the name Immanuel before. Maybe in church, maybe in a song… especially around Christmas time. But what does this name mean? Matthew 1:23 says, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, God with us.”
God with us. Think about that for a minute. What does that mean to you? What does that mean for your job, your family, your business, your finances, your community?Think about it! God is with us. God is WITH us. That means He is HERE with you and me – not in a galaxy far, far away – He is HERE with us, EVERY step of EVERY day!
When I came to understand what this really means, it changed the way I prayed. I am a woman of faith, but this took my faith to a whole new level.
See, when you say, “God, please be with my children,” or “God, please be with me and help me in this meeting with my boss today,” it’s almost as if you question whether He will really do this… like you don’t have the faith to believe He is willing to do what you ask of Him.
But when you say, “God, thank you for being with my children! Thank you for being with me in my meeting today!” you acknowledge He is already there, because that’s who He is!
When you know God is always there with you, then you are free from pressure, stress and anxiety. You don’t have to worry, because He is already with your family, your business, your job, your health and your finances. And He is with your future clients, your future relationships, your future staff, your future boss.
He already knows the answers to your questions. He is already aware of every problem you will face right this very moment, and He has the ability to fix your problems. He is already there in your busy schedule. He is right alongside you, as you deal with your secret sin. He is right in the middle of your dreams and goals – even the ones that seem so big, so unattainable. He was with you yesterday and a week ago and 10 years ago.
He’ll be with you tonight, tomorrow, next month and every moment, for the rest of your life. He is already with you, and He makes a way where there is no way. That’s just who He is!
So, no matter what you are facing right now, begin to thank Him for being with you! Thank Him for being with you in your trials and your hard times, as well as in your happy and successful times. Thank Him for being with your family and friends, your clients and coworkers. Whatever you and I face today, and in the coming weeks and years, He is with us. You are never alone, because He is Immanuel, God with us.
I hope this comforted you and boosted your faith this morning. Let me know your thoughts in the comments and remember to Like and Share today’s message to spread this word of encouragement: He is with US