The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17
As I reflect on the last 14 days, I am literally amazed my family lived through our schedule. Oh the joyful, crazy holidays! As I wrap up all of the activities and events, I am preparing my heart, home, and pocket book for many family celebrations. For our family, the holiday brings in our most favorite people of all, our family. I love to be in the presence of those I love so dearly.
“In the presence of those I love” is a sentiment reflected in the Christmas story as well. God in His miraculous power, sovereignty, and wisdom had a plan to come into the presence of people on earth. He sent part of Himself, His son, to the earth to (as Zephaniah says) be “in our midst.” The Old Testament gives Jesus the name, Immanuel, which means in Hebrew, God with us. Because of God’s incredible love for us, He came into our midst. This love which is beyond our understanding. This love that reaches so far and so wide that we can never reach its end. THIS LOVE brought Him to our midst.
Soaking in the truth that God is in my midst because of His surpassing love for me brings a flood of emotion. Sit for a moment with me and say it out loud: “The Lord is in your midst, He will quiet you with His love.”
Now personalize it with me like this:
My soul is racing today, yet He whispers, “I am here to quiet you with My love.” My body feels weary, yet He proclaims, "Come to me, my child, I adore you and desire to give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) My brain races through list after list, yet Jesus washes over me these words, “I am with you.” (Psalm 23) My emotions try to dictate how I react and yet God says to me, “I will fight for you, you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)
My dear sweet friends, For God so loved you and me that that He sent His Son, wrapped in clothes, lying in a manger. He is Immanuel! God is in our midst and He desires to quiet you with His love.
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Literally force yourself to sit down for a moment. Ask God to quiet your body, mind, and soul with His unbelievable, gracious love.
Dear Jesus, thank you for your love. Thank you that you had this plan to come into our midst. Jesus, please quiet my soul today so that I can experience your peace. Please quiet my body so that I can rest. Lord, quiet my mind to be fully committed to thinking your thoughts. Amen.
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