True North

with Dr Jim Brown



Usually we hear the term “Emmanuel” only around Christmas time.  It’s one of the names of the Messiah (Jesus) and the Hebrew meaning is: “God with us.”

But we need to remember that truth (“Emmanuel”) today too!  With ALL that is going on; ALL the negative news; ALL the angst we see between people, ALL the vitriolic talk, the lack of civility, the lack of caring one for another, the lies, the violence … ALL the many reasons to be fearful … we all need to be reminded that GOD IS WITH US – “Emmanuel.”

Deuteronomy was the last book of the Torah, written by human author Moses in the 7th century B.C. in a time of fear and discouragement.

We need this reminder from Deuteronomy today as much as ever as things really haven’t changed much from those days. They had many reasons to be fearful and discouraged too as they looked towards the Promised Land with all its “giants”. 

Thankfully, since God is the same yesterday, today and forever, the Lord who was WITH His people then is also with us NOW and will go before us and help us get through whatever we’re facing too. 

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you.  He will never leave you or forsake you.  Do not be afraid and do not be discouraged.”  (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Prayer: Lord, thank YOU for being with us and with me!  With regard to ALL that is going on in the world and in my life, help me to focus on YOU and receive your comfort, your guidance, and the peace that passes all understanding, even in the midst of the storms.  Help me to not be discouraged or afraid.  Amen.