Immanuel

Great faith is not simply given. Great faith is grown.

I have asked God for great faith, so I should not be surprised he places me in situations to answer my prayer. Great faith is not simply given. Great faith is grown.

Everything and everyone I have ever known is gone. No one and nothing I have known before is with me here, apart from Christ. Christ is all I have left. Everything has disappeared except Jesus. When the fog of my grief clears, only Christ remains.

Great faith is not simply given. Great faith is grown.

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’).” –Isaiah 7:14

With Christmas just two days away, and all my family an ocean away for this Christmas and the next, I am desperate for Jesus to be my Immanuel now more than ever. Praise God he is. Jesus is God with us. Jesus is God with me. There is nothing he cannot do. There is nothing he will not carry me through.

Great faith is not simply given. Great faith is grown.

Everything I have ever been able to depend on is gone. Only Christ remains. But the truth is, when all this is said and done, he is the only Rock on which we can stand. All other ground is sinking sand. If I wrap myself in the arms of Christ, his grace will never disappoint me. He is entirely faithful, and in him, I can find the faith I need to move mountains.

Great faith is not simply given. Great faith is grown.

As hard as it is being so far away from the ones I love most this Christmas, I am thankful the one who loves me the most is my Immanuel. God made his home in my heart years ago, and no matter where life takes me, I can always embrace the home I have in him. Jesus is my Immanuel – God with me. And through all this, God is growing in me the great faith I keep asking him for.

Great faith is not simply given. Great faith is grown. So let me never reject the way God chooses to grow great faith within me. Let me always praise him for the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ – my Immanuel.

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