Daily Devotions

God With Us

When the evangelist Matthew records the birth of Jesus, he notes, "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)."- Matthew 1:22,23 

God with us. It's a neat idea, but in what sense is God really with us? Is he "with us" in that he feels for us, identifies with us? Is he "with us" in that he generally is on our side? Was he just with us on earth in human flesh for a few years before leaving us? 

More than all this, "God with us" means that the one who scattered the stars with a breath also became human for us. Almighty God also felt our sorrow, our aches, our weariness. In the fullest way imaginable, God came from heaven to be with us, and, more than that, to die for us. And he's not finished. How does Matthew close his gospel? "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."- Matthew 28:20 


Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever And love me, I pray

Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care
And take us to Heaven To live with Thee there