God With Us - Matthew 1:23

Verse of the Day - Day 22

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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

Matthew 1:23
"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: God With Us

These same words are found in Isaiah 7:14: "All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us')."  (NLT)

When Mary gave birth to her Son, Jesus Christ, I wonder if she grasped the fullness in the meaning of the name Immanuel. God was at last present among us, yet in so many ways he was still hidden from us.

Romans 11:33 says, "Oh, how great are God's riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!" (NLT) Have you ever wondered why God would want to live among us and even within us, when we cannot fully comprehend him?

St. Augustine wrote:

"What, then, is the God I worship? ... You are the most hidden from us and yet the most present among us, the most beautiful and yet the most strong, ever enduring; and yet we cannot comprehend you."

If you've ever gone to live in a foreign country where you did not speak the language yet, you've known the temporary loneliness and frustration of living among people who couldn't fully understand you. In spite of the hardship, most likely you endured because you knew that one day you would eventually be fully understood.

To a small extent, this is how Jesus must have felt when he came in the flesh to live among us.

A Reflection in a Mirror

1 Corinthians 13:12 promises a day when we will no longer see through imperfect eyes: "Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely." (NLT)

While we live out our lives here on this earth, our vision of God and everything related to eternity, is at best blurry, distorted, indistinct. But there is coming a day when we will stand before him face to face. Then we will see him with perfect clarity. He will no longer be hidden from us.

Oh, how we long for that day. And could it be that Immanuel is looking forward to that day just as much as we are—that day when we see him with perfect clarity and know him completely? I daresay he is. 

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