No matter where we are or what we’re doing, God is always with us. Not only that, but because He came to earth in human form he understands every single one of our trials and struggles. We serve a God who can empathize with us.
In day 7 of this 12-part series, Phil Wickham shares how his new song “His Name Is Jesus” can remind us of that.
(Just joining us for the series? Start with Day 1.)
I think the first line of this song may be my favorite. “The King is in the room.” Lately, it has become increasingly clear to me how this statement is always true. God is with us. Last Christmas, I thought a lot about the name Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” This is a beautiful truth to remember: how He came and met us right where we were at. He breathed air and walked our ground. But the more I processed this name Emmanuel, the bigger it became to me. Yes, God came physically near to us 2,000 years ago. But He came near in every other way as well. He is “God with us” in all things. Do you feel hated? He knows what that feels like. Have you been betrayed? Jesus says, “I am right here with you.” Are you lonely, sorrowful, persecuted, in pain? Jesus knows exactly what you’re going through. He is the God who understands. He understands your need and knows how to meet it. He is Emmanuel.
Not only does the nearness of Jesus bring us comfort because He is able to “empathize with our weaknesses” (Heb. 4:14), but it also brings boldness. Yes, this King sits enthroned on high, but Hebrews 4 tells us that this throne is marked by grace, and that we may approach it with boldness! “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:15-16). This passage draws our heart into the tensions that the King of all the universe is both more powerful than we could ever imagine, and yet at the same time, more intimately sympathetic than we could ever dream. Who is this King? His name is Jesus.
Some things to consider today to help cultivate an awareness of the presence of King Jesus:
- What are some areas in your life where you feel “nobody understands this”? Invite Jesus to come be with you in that intimate place. Remember you are not alone. You never were. You never will be.
- Remember that Jesus is not only empathetic towards us but He is also powerful in us and through us. Don’t let your circumstances diminish your faith in the enormous strength of our God. Pray and invite Him to move powerfully today.
- When you pray and when you worship, enter into God’s presence with boldness!
Jesus is King of the universe, but we have the privilege of calling Him friend. He knows and understands us more intimately than any human being possibly could. Let us never forget how wonderful that truth is!
When Is a Time That You’ve Felt the presence and understanding of Jesus in a difficult season? Tell us in the comments!
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