God is with us

508 god is with usThe Christmas season is just behind us. Like the fog, all signs of Christmas will disappear in our newspapers, on television, in shop windows, on the street and in homes.

You've probably heard the saying, "Christmas is only once a year". The Christmas story is good news from a god who not only occasionally passes by, as he did with the people of Israel. It is a story about Immanuel, "God with us" - which is always present.

When the storms of life fall on us from all sides, it's hard to remember that God is with us. We may feel that God is asleep as it was when Jesus was in the boat with his disciples: "And he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a mighty storm on the lake, so that also the boat was covered by waves. He was asleep. And they came to him, woke him up and said, Lord, help, we are going to die! "(Mt 8,23-25 LUT).

By the time Jesus' birth was predicted, it was a stormy situation. Jerusalem had been attacked: "David was told to the house: The Aramaeans have camped in Ephraim. Then the heart and the heart of his people trembled for him, as the trees in the forest shake with the wind [storm] "(Jes 7,2 LUT). God recognized in what great fear King Ahaz and his people were. So he sent Isaiah to tell the king not to be afraid, for his enemies would not succeed. Like most of us in such situations, King Ahaz did not believe. God again sent Isaiah another message: "Ask for a sign from the Lord your God [to prove that I will destroy your enemies as promised], be down in the depths or up in the heights!" Jes 7,10-11 LUT). The king felt embarrassed to test his god by asking him for a signal. Therefore, through Isaiah, God said, "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin is pregnant and will give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel" (Jes 7,14 LUT). To prove he was liberating them, God gave the sign of Christ's birth, which would be called Immanuel.

The Christmas story should remind us daily that God is with us. Even if the situation looks bleak, even if you have lost your job, even if a dear person has died, even if you have failed in your course, even if your spouse has left you - God is with you!

It does not matter how dead your situation is, God lives in you and brings life into your dead situation. "Do you believe that"? Just before Jesus' crucifixion and return to heaven, his disciples became very worried because he would no longer be with them. Jesus said to them:

"But because I have spoken to you, your heart is full of sadness. But I tell you the truth: it is good for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the comforter will not come to you. But if I go, I will send it to you "(Joh 16,6 -8 LUT). This comforter is the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. "Now if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring to life your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you" (Rom 8,11 LUT ).

God is always with you. May you experience Jesus' presence today and forever!

by Takalani Musekwa

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