“You are not alone.” These are some of the most beautiful words of life. To know that someone is with us and understands our situation makes all the difference.
We all need other people. God made us that way.
Think about the church. We are a one another people. We need each other–both to help and be helped. In the church we are to “love one another,” “pray for one another,” and “encourage one another.” Something powerful, wonderful, and necessary occurs as we relate to other people as brothers and sisters.
We truly want to know we are not alone.
That is the message of Christmas. God broke into our broken world with the gift of His own presence. In Scripture, He assures us that He will never leave or forsake us, that He will be with us always.
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As God reassured Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25), he reminded Joseph that God knew what He was doing and that Joseph wouldn’t be alone in his journey through life. Matthew proclaimed that all this took place to fulfill the words of Isaiah the prophet: “The virgin shall be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means “God with us.”
Immanuel means God is with us in every situation and that you can count on Him.
Joseph’s life was a model of “God with us.”
God communicated with Joseph and led him through the difficulties of raising the very Son of God.
Notice that God spoke to Joseph through an angel in a dream. God reassured Joseph that what happened to Mary had come through God’s own plan. He should not be afraid to take Mary home as his wife. She had not been unfaithful–in fact she had been completely faithful to God.
Later, God warned Joseph to leave immediately for Egypt to protect the life of the child. When the danger dissipated, God told Joseph to return to Israel.
All through the journey, God led and Joseph followed.
Joseph was not alone–and neither are you. Those who trust Christ have Him as our constant companion and guide through life.