What difference does it make today, to know that, regardless of what we are facing in life, we are not alone because God is with us?
These words may be so familiar to us that we overlook their significance. Centuries before Christ is born, God lays out his plan: “a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son”. In their original context, these words speak of a sign given by God to guarantee King Ahaz that God would protect the nation, despite the appearance all was lost because other powerful kings were plotting to attack Judah.
The promise of Immanuel (a Hebrew word that means “God with us”) is a reminder that God is in control of everything. He gives a sign in advance of events happening to demonstrate he knows all things, he guarantees the future amidst uncertain times because he is all powerful, and he promises the seemingly impossible: a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son.
God with us is not merely a comfort in our aloneness. For the God who is with us is in control of all things, holds the future in his hands, and in his limitless power makes impossible things possible.
Whatever we are facing today, may the reality of God’s presence, and the identity of the God who is present with us, give us comfort and hope for today and tomorrow.