Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).
–Matthew 1:23 (ESV)
Reading this today I realized the difference between the wording of God being with us and God being for us.
As humans we want God to be ‘for’ us. To support us in our decisions. To work out situations for our good (especially when we pray in desperation). The word ‘for’ really reverses our relationship with God. We should be for God not vise-versa.
Immanuel, God with us.
What a comfort. Knowing no matter what comes, God is with us. In temptation, in sorrow, in all of life we have God with us.
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