Experiencing Immanuel - He is With Us and Will Never Leave Us
Oh Dear Girls, did you know that if you are a Christ follower, if you are His daughter, God is with you at all times? Oh Girls, this is incredible news!
Let this sink in. God is always with you; not sometimes, not occasionally, not if you do everything perfectly, pray enough, do enough. God being with you is not dependent on you, it’s dependent on Him. It’s who He is. He is Immanuel, God with us. This truth has ministered to my heart over and over again and continues to to this day.
I remember the first time that it really sunk in that Immanuel means “God with us.” I thought about it over and over and how powerful and life changing that was. I have known this truth in my head for so long but not until later in life did this really sink in deep. This went from my head to my heart, truly believing it and experiencing it.
“They shall call his name, Immanuel, which means God with us.” Matthew 1:23
David, who was called a man after God’s own heart, even though he was far from perfect said this, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” Psalm 16:8
Here are just a few places in scripture where God reminds us that He is with us and He will never leave us.
“Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2
“The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His Love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“And the Lord answered, My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
“You will not leave in a hurry, running for your lives. For the Lord God will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.” Isaiah 52:12
Did you know the Bible says He numbers the hairs on your head and He knew you before you were even born?! He saw you in your mother’s womb. Wow, that’s powerful! He cares for you that much, Dear One, and He is always with you. He’s had His eyes on you, watching over you from the very beginning, not a day goes by that a hair falls that He doesn’t know it.
“You watched me as I was formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.” Psalm 139:16
“And even the very hairs on your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:30
Girls, let these truth sink deep in your heart. At the same time, if you are a Christ-follower and are not feeling His nearness and presence right now, know that you are not alone. We won’t always feel His nearness and presence, but He is always with us and He will never leave us. We will talk more about this in our next blog, “The Way Maker - Even When You Don’t Feel Him, Worship
Questions and Reflection
Take some time to reflect on Jesus being Immanuel God with us.
Consider writing a prayer of thanksgiving to God thanking Him that He promises to always be with you and will never leave you.
Is there something hard in your life that you need Him to remind you that He is with you in it? Ask Him to remind you that He is with you and will never leave you, and I truly believe He will.