[ecko_quote source=" Isaiah 7:14"]Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel[/ecko_quote]
When you woke up this morning were, you feeling lonely? Were you feeling as if you were at the end of your rope? Were you feeling rejected by loved ones? Maybe you don’t have a job, maybe your business is not doing too well? I have good news for you this morning; God is dwelling with you.
The name Immanuel literally means “God with us”. Jesus has promised to us that He will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Therefore, you have nothing to fear. If God is with you, all things will come right, but you need to acknowledge Him and give Him the first place in your life, in your decision making and in every other aspect of your life- be it good or bad.
Remember Don’t go somewhere today if you know that Jesus would be embarrassed to go there. Whenever you go, ask yourself the question- Would the Lord feel at ease in this place? If the answer is no, then don’t go there. If the answer is yes, do enter and be a part of what’s happening in that place.
Remember your manners today, because God is with you. Remember to restrain your lips and watch your temper. You are being watched, not only by men of this world but by all the angels in heaven, because God is with you today. Wherever He goes, the angels follow.
Jesus is called Immanuel, or God with us, in his incarnation; God with us, by the influence of his Holy Spirit, in the holy sacrament, in the preaching of his word, in private prayer. And God with us, through every action of our life, that we begin, continue, and end in his name. He is God with us, to comfort, enlighten, protect, and defend us, in every time of temptation and trial, in the hour of death, in the day of judgment; and God with us and in us, and we with and in him, to all eternity.
Be a good ambassador today and don’t be lonely. Speak to him as you are driving in your car. He is listening to you.
You can pray in your very heart without even opening your mouth; in your office, on the farm, on the sports field, and in the classroom. He is indeed a Friend who will stick with you, even closer than a brother. Have a blessed day and know that our God of heaven is with you every step of the way.
Jonah Ravinder- UEC Ministries; Angus Buchan- A Mustard Seed