Morning by Morning, December 17 - Emmanuel -- God With Us
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I speak out Your name and listen for the leading of Your voice -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ...
"All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 'Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and they shall name Him Emmanuel,' which means, 'God is with us'" (Matthew 1:22-23).
You are Emmanuel -- not just God in Heaven, not just God who looks down upon us or watches over us, not just God who created us and expects us to obey Him as He commands us, not just God who dwells far above us or far away from us or far in the future from us where we may see Him some day if we're good enough, submissive enough, or faithful enough for Him to accept us -- You are God with us. You are Emmanuel.
Lord, help me know more what that means. Help me embrace and experience all that means. You are in Heaven, but You're also here on Earth. You have created us, but You're also continuing to create us and encourage us to be all You've created us to be. You do expect us to obey You, but You also invite to welcome Your Spirit within us so that we desire to obey You and trust You that You know what's best for us and how best to fulfill us. You are the God of the future where we'll experience You one day in ways we can only imagine now, but You're also with us now in every moment of our days, just as present with us today as You will be on that day we see You face to face. You are God with us. You are Emmanuel.
So in the words of the ancient Christmas hymn, we sing to You, "O come, O come, Emmanuel." But even as we cry out for You to come, we can know that You are here. "Rejoice! Rejoice!" for our God is Emmanuel. "Rejoice! Rejoice!" for our God is with us. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you will embrace and experience the presence and power of our God who is Emmanuel, our God who is with us, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!