2013-12-20 - He's Here!
Author's Note: This devotional is based on a message preached to youth on December 11, 2013.
Last week the message was title Its Coming. We spoke of this pre-Christmastime as a time to look forward to the coming of Christmas which should be centered around reflecting on Christs first coming and preparing for his second coming. Today we build on that. Jesus came and is returning again, but it is also true that he is here with us.
Matthew 1:23 (NASB) - BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL, which translated means, GOD WITH US.
Isaiah 41:13 (NASB) - For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.
God is with us. In Jesus God is with us. What does that mean? Well Isaiah 41 helps us a little with some of that implication. Lets expand this last verse and look at it in context with a bigger part of this passage.
Isaiah 41:9-12 (NASB)
We are not Jews from Israel but spiritually speaking we are his chosen people called from everywhere so this promise is for us according to verse nine. He chooses us to be his servant. He doesnt save us to worship. We dont choose him by repenting. He chooses us to serve. In serving we repent of doing our own way and choose to do his way. In serving we worship him. Worship is more than songs, church attendance, reading Bibles, and praying; worship is focusing on him in every situations.
Dont fear, God is with us. Dont stress over everything going on around you. Trust him to give you the strength you need day by day. He will hold you up with his right hand Jesus is his right hand. Jesus holding us makes me think of an old poem.
Footprints in the Sand
Elsewhere in Isaiah it talks about God holding the whole universe in his palm. If that hand is strong enough to hold all that, then certainly he can hold us and our problems. Let God deal with those who oppose you. There's a bit of a cheesy saying but in its simplicity, is an easy way to remember to let God handle things: Let go. Let God!
Isaiah 41:13-16 (NASB)
From verse nine to sixteen "I will help you" is promised multiple times. Trust God. Prayerfully remind him of his promise and trust him to keep it. He can turn your mountains into molehills. He will strengthen you so that you can crush the biggest problems and blow them away like wind blowing the chaff. Then we simply sit back and rejoice and glorify him. Serve him and worship him. Dont sweat the small stuff and for God it is all small.
God is with us. He loves us and wants to help us. Will you let him? Will you let him abide with you? Will you give every problem, every fear, every heartache, every tear, every trial, and every disappointment to him? Will you give every friend, every foe, every family member, and all the drama that can go with each? Will you give it all to him?
2 Timothy 1:12
God is with us. God is for us. Nothing can stop us!
This Christmas, what matters is not my presents but only his presence. I tweeted this little nugget today as a clever way to remember this message. And it's not just true of Christmas; it's true year round. What I get doesnt matter only what he brings. What I go through doesnt matter only that he holds me. What I get good or bad in life doesnt matter as long as he is with me.
The darkest valleys of death, disease, and divorce all lose their power over us. We can walk through them without fear because he reigns over us and cares for us. God is with us. God is for us.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted