Road signs tell us if we are going in the right direction. They are also a marker of milestones passed. They can mark our travel. They outline highways and they designate halfway points, note miles to next destination. They bring welcome relief to the weary with rest stops, refreshments, gas and overnight accommodations.
I find it interesting in reading the books of the Old Testament that the people of Israel are always reminded of their travel days by referencing “days of the desert”. God and the prophets never miss the opportunity to remind Israel of where they have come from. Remember when God brought them out of the desert? Remember how the great I AM helped the Israelites walk over the dry Red Sea bottom to escape the Egyptians? Remember how the great I AM brought them daily food and water? Remember how God was seen in the cloud by day and the fire by night?
Don’t forget…God is with us!
With the Christmas message this week we are reminded of some desperate life-travel information. The message centers around the song “O come, O come, Emmanuel”.
Why is this message so needed today? Because we need to know and remember that we are not alone in this world.
Emmanuel means God is with us!
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel"—which means, "God with us."Matthew 1:21-23
Just like the days of the desert, in the town of Bethlehem, and like Mary and Joseph, we also need to know that God is with us, everyday, to help us, to strengthen us, to deliver us, to show his mercy to us. Emmanuel is with us like the great I AM was with the Israelites in the desert. And God hasn’t changed over the years!
God is with you…God was with you…God will be with you!
God, the great I AM, the LORD is with us. No matter where we travel, no matter where we have been, no matter where we are headed. God is with us. We can’t be separated from God. The God of all comfort, comes alongside of us in our trials.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 37-39
One thing to remember…God is with you! Even in the dark days of confusion, doubt, trials and temptations. BUT there are things that get in the way of experiencing God’s presence in our lives. Sin detours us from a close journey with God.
So…remember God is with us…but are you with God?
What steps do you need to take to experience more of God?