Are You With Me?

Zack Hudson

I recently had to take my son Philip to a doctor’s appointment, and he is often very anxious when it comes to going to the doctor and I could tell he didn’t want to go. I told him it was okay to be nervous and that being brave meant doing something even when you are scared to do it. I then said, “Philip, we can be brave together.” It’s amazing the things we can accomplish when we realize we are not alone. 

As we read through the Bible, we recognize that we serve a God who has never been willing to leave us on our own. The 23rd Psalm reveals David’s confidence when he says that he fears no evil because, “You are with me.” One of the most significant parts to the Christmas story is found when we read in Matthew 1:23, “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.” I know that’s a verse many of us have read and heard often, especially this time of year, but let that thought sink in for a moment. The God who spoke our world and lives into existence is with us. If He is with us then He is close, He is near. We read in Psalm 73 of Asaph in which he writes about God’s nearness: 27 “For behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. 28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good.”  

I love Christmas as we take time to remember how God drew near to us which opened up a new covenant for us to be near God. For me God’s nearness is good. As we approach a new decade, I can say with confidence that because of Christ “I will fear no evil, for He is with me.”

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