God’s desire from the beginning has been fellowship. To be with us.
In the very beginning, God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve. When sin entered the world, that relationship was broken, but God’s desire did not change. Throughout the Old Testament, His heart cry is repeated: “They shall be my people, and I will be their God.”
And then He opened the folds of time and stepped into our world, as one of us. Jesus, Immanuel, which means God with us.
With us. Not watching from a distance. Not a kind, but powerless, force hovering around us. But walking among us, experiencing life in this broken world.
Through Jesus, God knows the pull of this world on our hearts. He knows what betrayal feels like. He knows what it is like to watch people you love make wrong choices and walk down destructive paths. His feet grew dusty, His heart weary. He felt the limitations of our human body.
Jesus lived the life we cannot live, perfectly obeying God’s law. Through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection, He calls us back into relationship with Him – the relationship we were originally made for.
When there was no way, God made a way. Immanuel, God with us.
And Jesus’ parting words were, “I am with you always..”
Then He sent His Spirit to be with us, His power inside us. Today, right now, He is with us. His relentless, loving devotion to His people has not changed.
We were not made to be alone, and He has not left us alone.
Linger in the beauty of this truth. Savor the sweetness. God is with us.