God With Us
Immanu El literally means “With Us Is God”. This is more than just the name for Jesus or a prophecy of Isaiah that the Messiah would come and set their present (and future) misery right. This name is a promise for God’s people from the time God called Abram. God faithfully reminded every generation that He was with them.
God has always wanted to dwell in and among His people since He redeemed them from Egypt. Throughout the Old Testament we see God longing for relationship with His people. In the New Testament, we see Jesus take on flesh and walk among us. He laid down His life for us because that was the penalty for our sin. He willingly bore the wrath of God and broke down the separation that existed between us and Him.
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to Him?”
Geneology of Immanu El
Abraham: Genesis 21:22, Isaac: Genesis 26:3 & 24, Jacob: Genesis 28:15; Genesis 31:3, Joseph: Genesis 39:2,21 & 23, Moses: Exodus 3:12; Exodus 33:14, Joshua: Joshua 1:5, Gideon: Judges 6:12, Samuel: 1 Samuel 3:19
When has God, revealed as Immanu El in scripture, shown you that He is with you?
Repent of living as if there are times when God has left us on our own.
Pray and ask Immanu El to reveal to you where He was during those times when you thought He had abandoned you.
Listen and think about what needs to change in you so that you can live your life knowing Immanu El is with you at all times.
Meditate Meditate on what it means that God is always with you. How can conscious awareness of God’s presence make a difference in your life?