Scripture: “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
Thought: Immanuel means “God with us.” Stop for just a moment and think about the significance of that meaning. God with us. God isn’t somewhere out there. He is here, now, in this moment. Can you feel Him? Do you hear Him?
Application: So often, among the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we find ourselves without time to “be” with God. We are doing a lot, but not being a lot. We might have those brief moments of connection, a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service, a mealtime prayer, or a quiet evening with family sitting and visiting by the light of the Christmas tree. How often do these moments completely overwhelm us with the magnitude of Immanuel? We should be completely overcome, right? God loves us so much that he sent his son to be with us and to make the ultimate sacrifice, the only one capable of restoring us to a correct relationship with God. This year, find a time and a space to be completely overwhelmed by this truth, to feel it to the core of your being, to know without a doubt that he is Immanuel!
Prayer: Dear Lord, Immanuel! I am overwhelmed by the truth that you are with us, today, tomorrow, and always! I praise you and love you and rejoice at the celebration of your past coming and your future coming. In your name I pray, Amen.