IMMANUEL

Published on Dec 19th, 2012 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

Joshua 1:8,9“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ESV

 

One of the dangers I face as a pastor is that when I study the Word of God I too quickly allow it to depart from my mouth.  In some ways, when it departs my mouth it is gone from my soul.  In this passage the Lord reminds Joshua that he cannot be so quick to tell others the Word of God.  Make sure that it permeates who you are first…meditate on it…think about how it should be such a part of your life that it changes who you are and what you do.  It is in allowing these truths to be used by God to change you that you will walk in obedience and success in God’s eyes and will live a life of courage and strength.  Maybe you find, like I do, that we are way too quick to share and discuss the truths that God brings to our hearts and minds.  We hardly ever find time to meditate on these truths so that they permeate every area of our lives.

I want to encourage you to take some time this Christmas to allow the truth of Immanuel, God with us, to permeate your heart and lives.  Immanuel is the one of the names of Jesus.  It was repeated to Joseph so that he could understand what was happening in his and Mary’s life.  Although not repeated again in the New Testament, this truth of God was often spoken of by the New Testament writers.  A great passage that speaks to this great truth is Phil. 2.

Take a few minutes and read through Phil. 2 and other passages that speak to the truth of Immanuel, God with us.  Then grab a timer and set if for fifteen minutes and meditate on the truth that God was and is with us.  Meditate on the fact that Matt. 1:23 translates the name for us so that we, as Gentiles, can know that God is with us and not the Jews only.  Meditate on the truth that our bodies are made up of nothing but dust, and yet God humbled himself to come as one of us.  Meditate on how the truth that God with us changes how we view loneliness.  Meditate on how the truth that God came down becomes proof that we can go up.  Meditate on how God with us changes how we think about him being a God of all comfort.  Meditate on God with us.  Allow the truths of God to permeate your heart and mind so much that when you leave your place of meditation you are a changed person.  Then living as a changed person and when people ask why you are different, then allow these great truths to depart from your mouth.

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