“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
In C. S. Lewis’ book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, there’s a scene in which the children show up at the beavers’ house distraught because their brother, Edmund, has fallen under the spell of the wicked witch. The children want to race off and rescue Edmund, but the beavers have a better plan. The first thing, they tell the children, is finding Aslan (who, in the book, represents Christ). Mr. Beaver explains it with these simple words: “Once he’s with us, then we can begin doing things.”
Jesus is “God with us.” That’s His very name—Immanuel. Yes, He returned to heaven, but He sent His Spirit who dwells with us and within us. Jesus said, “You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). God is always present in our lives. He is with us always, even to the end of the world (Matthew 28:20).
Your God is here, with you, now! If you feel lonely today, tell yourself what Jesus told Himself in John 16:32: “I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.” When He is with you, you can begin doing things!
Because God is present everywhere, we can respond by practicing His presence, by talking to Him in silent prayer during many moments of the day, especially during times of duress or fear.
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