Immanuel | Devotion #5: Letters to the Next One
Ryan Story | Student Pastor
For the prophet Isaiah, or any of the prophets for that matter, to prophesy that Jesus was coming has the same significances as me writing to my next child. To immerse myself in how the prophets of old must have felt, this month I will be writing to a child that I do not know. My wife and I have not even begun talking about another child, but to understand how amazing the first coming of Christ was, we must understand that people were writing about a person who they did not know. I am writing theses devotionals November of 2017, and I am eager to read these December of 2018.
Always know that God has a sense of humor. While sitting here asking God where to go with this letter, I checked twitter and saw a tweet by a Pastor in North Carolina. It said, “Knowing who is with you is more important than knowing where you are going.” There will be times in your life, little one, that things will not make sense. There will be times when confusion will seem to be the norm, but remember that you know the One. There will be times when you are too afraid to take that one small step in faith, but remember you know the One. Psalm 118:6 says, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Never be afraid of what lies ahead of you; never let your fear slow you down. Always remember who you have on your side.
Jesus’ most famous nickname might be Immanuel. That means “God with us.” In those three words unpacks one of the most amazing truths in the entire Bible. God left His perfect seat in Heaven and came to be with us as humans. The fact that God came to be with us even though our world was more polluted than perfect shows how much He wanted to be near us. It is amazing to realize that God came to be with us even though we were all lost, hostile, and full of selfishness. Not only did God come to be with us, but He also came to save us from death, Hell, and the grave. If that does not change your view of God with you, I do not know what will.
There will be many times in your life where you feel lonely. There will be many times in your life when knowing exactly how something will turn out will be a mystery, but know the One is always with you. I cannot even begin to know how you will have to call upon Him to help, but know He is there. Know that no one knows the exact plan God has planned for them, and He does not want you to know the whole plan. He just wants you to trust Him with your next step.
There will be a day when you will be with me. I am excited to know when that will be a reality. Out of all the letters, this one brings me such joy and excitement. To know one day I will have my third child, but I do not know when, creates an interesting feeling. Like the prophets of old, I do not know when you will be here, but I know one day you will be with me, and I will walk with you.