Before you Begin

Immanuel: God with us. Each day of this Advent guide is written to stir you to know and treasure the God who has torn down the dividing wall of hostility so that we might be brought close to Him. He is the God who wrapped Himself in flesh, lived a perfect life, died a perfect death, and raised victoriously from the grave all so that His people would be saved.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 ESV)

Not only did He forgive our sin and save us for all eternity, but He is a God who even now is walking with us through the trials of this life. He gives us faith to obey when it is hard. He cares even for the seemingly smallest of details.

The Advent season can arouse varying and complex emotions for people. For some, it is a time of great joy and happy memories. For others, it is a season marked by trials and even past memories of pain.

So, this Advent season, let’s pause each day and remember how incredible it is that God is truly with us in everything. Our God, all-powerful and all-holy, would have been justified to leave us in our sin, but instead, “God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:3-5 ESV).

Receive the miracle of Christmas: a God who has entered into this world in human form so that you would not be left alone in your sin and suffering, that He would be with you in both the significant and the small.

In what ways does God want to be with you this December?

In our battle with sin, in seasons of suffering, in the significant and in the small moments—in all these things—God is with us. What are some areas God wants you to experience that more fully this month? Pray and journal through these questions:

God with you in the seemingly small.

Think for a second about the details of life that often get overlooked. What are some of those tasks in your daily rhythms that can feel meaningless in the whole scheme of things?

God with you in your fight against sin.

If you are honest with yourself, are there currently any patterns of thoughts, feelings, or actions that you see in your life that maybe are not in line with God’s Word?

God with you in the difficulties.

Are there any areas of pain, disappointment, or trial that you are currently facing?

God with you in the significant.

Are there any significant things happening in your life right now that you feel like God is asking you to trust Him with?