Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31: 6
These divinely inspired words that Moses spoke to his people are not only valid to the Israel of thousands of years ago, but to us too, the spiritual descendants of those who walked in the dessert guided by God’s Pillar of Light. And this promise of God’s constant presence became eternally tangible the night Jesus was born among men in that little town of Bethlehem.
In that moment when the time was full, Jesus the Christ made His appearance in the flesh under the watchful eyes of angels and outcasts. The Immanuel, God with Us, has finally physically come to walk among us, blessing the very dirt that He touches.
That is the gift…the first Christmas gift, the only one that matters.
In the midst of our fears, anxieties, concerns, doubt, depression, loneliness, illness, loss and all the problems of this world, the truth is that God is here, and He gives us hope.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7: 14
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31: 8
For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. Psalm 94: 14