Matthew 1:22-25 says, “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,” “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:” “And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.”
Today I want to focus on verse 23. We learn from this verse that God is always with us. I know around the holidays, people can get really depressed because of loved ones missing from the festivities. Some of us are dealing with deployments, trainings, not being able to travel home to family for the holidays, or the loss of a loved one this holiday season. Any one of those things can make us feel lonely and isolated.
I’m fortunate enough to have my husband home for the holidays this season, but I know many who are not as fortunate. I want to encourage those of you facing hardships to remember that God is with each of you. God will never let you face your hardships alone. God created us to be His and for Him to be ours. If we have a relationship with God, we will always have someone with us.
When God sent Jesus, He sent us a lifetime friend and comforter. With Jesus, we always have someone to talk to. With Jesus, we always have someone to go to when we need comforting. Jesus is the One who cares for everything that we care about. Jesus is the One who will never leave or forsake us. Jesus is in our lives permanently if we will allow for Him to be.
Verse 23 says, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Jesus Emmanuel, our God who is always with us. He takes our pain in His hands and replaces it with His peace. He wipes our tears when we are missing our husbands, crying out to Him for strength. He replaces our weakness with His strength to help get us through each day. He walks with each one of us, guiding our footsteps and protecting each step we take. Jesus truly is our eternal friend.