God With Us

So, truth is…

I had really been struggling to commit to reading God’s Word. With all that life had been throwing at me, I had been left feeling empty & honestly not in a good place. God sent a devotional company my way that I became interested in. I ordered a bunch of them and all have changed my life honestly. But here’s the catch. I had them sitting in my dorm room or my room at home & didn’t pick them up often. I left them sitting there with all their wisdom & knowledge and I just went on about my day thinking I could conquer every obstacle on my own. I also did the same with God’s Word, which is far better than any devotional book. After feeling left empty and in need, I opened up my devotional book weeks ago and it taught me so much. One of the biggest lessons it has taught me is the word alone & character of Immanuel.

Immanuel- meaning “God with us”, is such a simple, yet powerful word.

It has changed my outlook the past few weeks. I have been put through a trial that has been personal the past fewmonths & it’s so easy to forsake God around those times, either due to anger, or hurt, or depression. I’m not going to lie, deep down I was angry with God. Wondering why he’s not answering my prayers and why he’s not changing the way things are. I forsook my relationship with Him. I looked for comfort in people & friends, and laughter.

One day I was sulking on my bed & decided to go pick up my Bible and devotional. Then this verse popped up in my devotional. ” 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God? (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭7‬:‭19‬ KJV)

David was praising God in this verse, after going through some burdensome times, he realized that our trials in our lives are known by God. God doesn’t fret about them. Trials are but small things to God. The Lord didn’t sit there and worry about what David was going through. He knew long before that it would happen & He would receive glory from it.

Trials in our lives to God are but opportunities to grow our trust & reliance in Him.

So next time you are in a trial, don’t run from God, run TO Him. He has a plan far greater than you could imagine. The big things we fret about are but small things to Him. We are fully known by Him. He knows your heart and your hurt, better than anyone else, and even better than yourself. He is with you still, as your Immanuel.

Xoxo, Ashley

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