Immanuel Power

GodReflection: Power Words

aboutHow many winter mornings have I experience the cold and rainy outside with the thermometer hovering near freezing from within my cozy home? I hardly give a second thought to a house warmed by electricity and natural gas. Even light appears with the flick of a switch.

I feel guilt for a lack of consistent acknowledgment of God’s kilowatt immanuel15blessings. How much more should my guilt be when I live as if God is distant?

I stand ashamed at my trivial attitude toward the greatest power source available for daily living. It’s far too easy to overlook the obvious.

immanuel3The obvious originates with a promise then a birth, The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

God with us.

That should power anyone’s walk.

I suspect that one of the most often repeated questions in our world—vocalized or not—is the question as to God’s whereabouts. The question shouts for a response in times of disaster. It reverberates anew in the presence of premature death. Victims of violence and tragic illness form the question on quivering lips.

Every tragedy pains the heart of God. All tragedy is rooted in Satan. In this fact alone, tragedy can never be compatible with God.

God provides me—as a follower of Jesus—reassurance.

God replies with a strong affirmation of love, “Jesus is Immanuel. He is God with you.”

Because of what happened on a hill near Jerusalem and in a garden tomb culminating in resurrection, ascension, and bodily Holy Spirit residence, God assures His 24-7 presence in my life.

That fact alone should make me a gutsy disciple. I live within the reality of Immanuel.

immanuel11I want the reminder of Immanuel to flash—no, burn—its image into my daily walk like a bright red neon theater sign.

Confession time.

Looking back over my 67 years, there were times when I moved ahead in full assurance of God’s presence. I wish that were always the case. The truth is there were far too many times when I acted from my timidity rather than from God’s presence.

However, whatever time I might have left as I move forward in life, I want to grow in my consciousness of Immanuel.

immanuel9God is with me as I move toward eternity. God is with me on my daily routine from morning through evening. God is with me as I rest at night. God is with me as I write. God is with me as I read and ponder. God is with me in all concerns small and great.

The Immanuel sign post reminds me not only of richness on earth but also of the next reality. God will be with me through eternity.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Immanuel.

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