GOD WITH US

by Seth Primm | Dec. 8, 2018

“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 NIV

“Immanuel” is the most comforting word and reality I know. My wife, Joy, and I have walked through some hard times over the last 16 years, including both a failed adoption and a failed church plant. I’ve also personally experienced deserts of doubt and seismic faith-shifts. In each of those seasons, the one constant comfort was Immanuel.

God is with us. God – the Everlasting Father of life, Creator of the universe, Eternal Author of history, Sovereign Lawgiver of physics, Supreme Justice of all human affairs – this Mighty God is on our side (Romans 8:31)! He wrote Himself into the script, subjected Himself to His own laws of nature, and suffered injustice at the hands of His fallen creatures in order to reveal His eternal presence is with and for us.

God is with us. Jesus told us that He would always be with us (Matthew 28:20). In His physical absence, the Holy Spirit has become our ever-present Advocate (John 14:16), and we are never left or forsaken (Hebrews 13:5). The Holy Spirit is also a Wonderful Counselor, walking with us through all the ups and down of life (Psalm 23). He patiently listens (1 John 5:14) and lovingly prompts (John 14:26). He also imparts wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:14-16), leading us into all truth (John 16:13).

God is with us. So much rides on how you interpret this little word, “us.” Over the centuries, it has been hijacked by religious, political, and ethnic majorities, and used to exclude and oppress. But God’s presence isn’t reserved for the religious elite or radically devout. He isn’t white or American. He isn’t a republican or democrat. He doesn’t choose between the sides we set up. The lines we draw are superficial in His eyes, and His Kingdom extends well beyond our comfort zone. The giving of Himself – His presence – is grace upon grace, and the gift is for all of us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

God came in the flesh and died on a cross to draw all people to Himself (John 12:32); people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Revelation 7:9)! Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, “is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).” Jesus is our Prince of Peace! He is reconciling the whole world, not counting our sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19). He Himself is our peace, breaking down the dividing wall between “us” and “them” (Ephesians 2:14). “The righteousness of God…is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22).

God with us… a beautiful, mysterious, wonderful, and powerful reality. For all who believe, this reality becomes life-giving, sustaining, and comforting. No matter what you face this day or this holiday season, remember and believe: Immanuel.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 1:22-25 NIV

13 Comments

  1. Beth Kenyon

    So good.

    Reply
  2. Darla Beller

    God with us…it’s too wonderful to wrap my mind around and yet it is truth. It’s a truth that I have embraced and it’s now my responsibility to help others receive it as theirs. It is a truth that anchors no matter what life storm comes our way. Thank you for this reminder, Seth, and for being vulnerable enough to share your own struggles.

    Reply
  3. Kathy Vanpool

    Wonderfully said and needed to hear today. God is so good to provide so much for us! Keep up the great work brother

    Reply
  4. Rhonda

    Love This!!! And love having all the references to look up and really spend some time meditating, growing in my faith. Thank You.

    Reply
  5. Jeff Rhodes

    Great job, Seth. I appreciate your transparency

    Reply
  6. Billye Martin

    Wow and Amen! What you wrote sums up my belief system. Thank you so much.

    Reply
  7. Pierce McIntyre

    Awesome words to hold on to in this journey we call life.

    Reply
  8. Robyn Yates

    Thanks, Seth.

    Reply
  9. Rhonda

    So very good! Thanks for sharing your thought.

    Reply
  10. Tracy Thompson

    Amen!!

    Reply
  11. Justin Trombley

    Great reminder Seth! Thank you for living your faith out loud. We appreciate you! I needed this reminder today.

    Reply
  12. Cheri Woodson

    Such a comfort and reminder of all the ways he promised to be with us and for us All. Thank you for this wonderful devotional

    Reply
  13. Colene and Gordie Zaiser

    God with us and in us. He is the breath we breathe. May we show the world His heart, His character and His inclusive love. As we reinforce our faith with the self talk of scripture, let us not forget that He is with us and one day we will be with Him. We are not home yet.

    Reply

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God With Us

BY: SETH PRIMM | Dec. 8, 2018

“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 NIV

“Immanuel” is the most comforting word and reality I know. My wife, Joy, and I have walked through some hard times over the last 16 years, including both a failed adoption and a failed church plant. I’ve also personally experienced deserts of doubt and seismic faith-shifts. In each of those seasons, the one constant comfort was Immanuel.

God is with us. God – the Everlasting Father of life, Creator of the universe, Eternal Author of history, Sovereign Lawgiver of physics, Supreme Justice of all human affairs – this Mighty God is on our side (Romans 8:31)! He wrote Himself into the script, subjected Himself to His own laws of nature, and suffered injustice at the hands of His fallen creatures in order to reveal His eternal presence is with and for us.

God is with us. Jesus told us that He would always be with us (Matthew 28:20). In His physical absence, the Holy Spirit has become our ever-present Advocate (John 14:16), and we are never left or forsaken (Hebrews 13:5). The Holy Spirit is also a Wonderful Counselor, walking with us through all the ups and down of life (Psalm 23). He patiently listens (1 John 5:14) and lovingly prompts (John 14:26). He also imparts wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:14-16), leading us into all truth (John 16:13).

God is with us. So much rides on how you interpret this little word, “us.” Over the centuries, it has been hijacked by religious, political, and ethnic majorities, and used to exclude and oppress. But God’s presence isn’t reserved for the religious elite or radically devout. He isn’t white or American. He isn’t a republican or democrat. He doesn’t choose between the sides we set up. The lines we draw are superficial in His eyes, and His Kingdom extends well beyond our comfort zone. The giving of Himself – His presence – is grace upon grace, and the gift is for all of us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

God came in the flesh and died on a cross to draw all people to Himself (John 12:32); people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Revelation 7:9)! Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, “is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).” Jesus is our Prince of Peace! He is reconciling the whole world, not counting our sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19). He Himself is our peace, breaking down the dividing wall between “us” and “them” (Ephesians 2:14). “The righteousness of God…is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22).

God with us… a beautiful, mysterious, wonderful, and powerful reality. For all who believe, this reality becomes life-giving, sustaining, and comforting. No matter what you face this day or this holiday season, remember and believe: Immanuel.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 1:22-25 NIV

13 Comments

  1. Beth Kenyon

    So good.

    Reply
  2. Darla Beller

    God with us…it’s too wonderful to wrap my mind around and yet it is truth. It’s a truth that I have embraced and it’s now my responsibility to help others receive it as theirs. It is a truth that anchors no matter what life storm comes our way. Thank you for this reminder, Seth, and for being vulnerable enough to share your own struggles.

    Reply
  3. Kathy Vanpool

    Wonderfully said and needed to hear today. God is so good to provide so much for us! Keep up the great work brother

    Reply
  4. Rhonda

    Love This!!! And love having all the references to look up and really spend some time meditating, growing in my faith. Thank You.

    Reply
  5. Jeff Rhodes

    Great job, Seth. I appreciate your transparency

    Reply
  6. Billye Martin

    Wow and Amen! What you wrote sums up my belief system. Thank you so much.

    Reply
  7. Pierce McIntyre

    Awesome words to hold on to in this journey we call life.

    Reply
  8. Robyn Yates

    Thanks, Seth.

    Reply
  9. Rhonda

    So very good! Thanks for sharing your thought.

    Reply
  10. Tracy Thompson

    Amen!!

    Reply
  11. Justin Trombley

    Great reminder Seth! Thank you for living your faith out loud. We appreciate you! I needed this reminder today.

    Reply
  12. Cheri Woodson

    Such a comfort and reminder of all the ways he promised to be with us and for us All. Thank you for this wonderful devotional

    Reply
  13. Colene and Gordie Zaiser

    God with us and in us. He is the breath we breathe. May we show the world His heart, His character and His inclusive love. As we reinforce our faith with the self talk of scripture, let us not forget that He is with us and one day we will be with Him. We are not home yet.

    Reply

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