Today you should read: Isaiah 7
The Word of God is trustworthy, reliable, sufficient, and powerful. If there is one thing I have been reminded of time and time again as we’ve been on this Jumpstart journey, it’s that. As I prepared for today’s passage, I saw this chart that reminded me of the veracity of scripture. The dates, people, places — they are real. I’ve read Psalm 119 countless times. The longer I’ve been a Christian, the more I can resonate with those 176 verses on the life-giving truth of the Bible.
My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word! Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law! I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame! I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! (Psalm 119:28-32 ESV)
Today’s passage is one rich in prophecy concerning the coming Messiah. It is a Christmas-pointing scripture that should have given hope to a nation facing God’s judgment. It’s a reminder to us of John 1:14 (Word became flesh) as it tells us, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (v.14).
Immanuel is one of the most hopeful words in the Bible, since it literally means God with us. God in heaven came down to meet us on our turf so that we could be with him again. In other words, God came down so that we could go up. But when He came down in the form of a man — Jesus Christ — He did what we could not do in that “he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good” (v.15). And while he himself refused evil, He bore it on our behalf when He WILLINGLY went to the cross that each of us deserved. God mercifully with us.
Today, whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re going, whatever you’re facing, take a moment to thank Jesus for being with us. Don’t stop there though. Ask Him to show you how He is with you throughout your day. Be surprised, once again, with the wonder of Immanuel.
Posted by: Todd Thomas