‘Immanuel’ (Matthew 1:23)
Consider Jesus through this day as God with you; God in your nature; God become human for your salvation and consolation. None but God was able to save; your Jesus is God. It was necessary that the Saviour should be man, and Jesus is man. He has the nature of His Father, here is His ability; He has your nature also, here is His suitability.
Jesus is God with you, to hear your prayers, check your fears, redress your grievances, sympathise with you in your sorrows, and be your everyday Friend. God is with us, observing our conduct, directing our ways, reproving our foolishness, providing our supplies, and making all things work together for our good.
Always remember, Jesus is with me; every sin committed under His eye, against His love, and goes to His heart. Think, when tempted to sin, that you hear Immanuel, the suffering, bleeding, dying, reigning Saviour say, “Do not do this detestable thing that I hate” (Jeremiah 44:4).
Walk before Him in love, peace, holiness, and zeal, for His glory and praise. He is God for you, as well as with you. Look to His wisdom, power, and love for safety and supply; and with devoted confidence trust His word.
Sweeter sounds than music knows
Charm me in Immanuel’s name;
All her hopes my spirit owes
To His birth, His cross, His shame.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘At times I very sensibly felt the Holy Spirit helping my infirmities, and giving me sweet access to God. My mouth was filled with arguments, and my soul with fervour; and I pleaded Jesus, his person, his name, his sufferings, his death, his resurrection, his intercession, his prayers and his promises, and my wrestlings were really violent.’