God For Us, With Us, And Within Us

“God made a covenant with us. The word covenant means ‘coming together.’ God wants to come together with us. In many of the stories in the Hebrew Bible, we see that God appears as a God who defends us against our enemies, protects us against dangers, and guides us to freedom. God is God-for-us. When Jesus comes a new dimension of the covenant is revealed. In Jesus, God is born, grows to maturity, lives, suffers, and dies as we do. God is God-with-us. Finally, when Jesus leaves he promises the Holy Spirit. In the Holy Spirit, God reveals the full depth of the covenant. God wants to be as close to us as our breath. God wants to breathe in us, so that all we say, think and do is completely inspired by God. God is God-within-us. Thus God’s covenant reveals to us to how much God loves us” (Henri Nouwen).

I love that. God is for us, then with us, then within us.

I’m thankful for all three aspects of God’s covenant with us. He didn’t choose to watch us from a distance, like that old Bette Midler song.

He chose to be for us, to dwell among us, and ultimately, to make His home in us through His Holy Spirit.

How can it get any better than that?

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