Saturday, April 3, 2021
“God With Us”
By Carol Sue Hutchinson
Passage: Philippians 2:12-13
Walking with Jesus, following His commandments being obedient to His Word isn’t easy. On our own we cannot do it. The difference between the laws of the Old Testament and the Grace of the New Testament is that “God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13. God does not leave us alone to try and do our best.
This passage begins with the word “Therefore”. When you see therefore at the beginning of a passage, remember two things. 1) It is tied to the passage before it and 2) Whatever is coming is very important! Looking at what came before, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling” may mean that the entire congregation needs to work together to rid themselves of divisions and discord.
He then goes on with the section we are looking at which reminds them that they are not alone, and that God empowers them to do whatever He calls them to do. Remember that one of the names for God is Emmanuel which means “God With Us.”
God does not live our lives for us, nor does He work out the tough stuff, He walks with us and empowers us to obey his commands. What do we do when we don’t feel like obeying? God has not left us alone in our struggles to do His will. He wants to come alongside us and be within us to help. God helps us to want to obey.
Prayer: God, we are grateful that you love us so much that you are willing to come alongside us and help us want to obey and do what you call us to do. Amen