Welcome back to another of our Advent devotionals about “Immanuel – God With Us.”
Have you ever felt like you were all by yourself against a huge crowd of people? I remember when my daughter Prisca was in a school assembly, and Officer Friendly was asking the crowd about rules for driving in Pennsylvania. “Is it okay to drive after drinking?” he asked. “NO!” hundreds of students yelled. “Can you drive legally if you are ten years old?” “No!” they shouted. “What about driving barefoot?” Again the whole assembly shouted, “NO!” Except for one small voice. My daughter said, “Yes.”
Officer Friendly looked at her sternly and asked why she thought it was okay to drive barefoot. “Because my mother said there are only two states in the country that allow it…California and Pennsylvania.” All her friends were staring at Prisca; they expected the officer to say she was wrong. But to their surprise, he grinned and said, “You’re RIGHT!”
God gave Jeremiah a message that no one wanted to hear and Jeremiah was afraid of the people, but God told him, “Today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or bronze wall. You will stand against the whole land – the kings, officials, priests and people of Judah. They will fight you, but they will fail, for I am with you, and I will take care of you. I the Lord have spoken.” (Jer. 1:18,19)
We are never alone when God stands with us!