What is the greatest sign of God's faithfulness to us? I believe it is His constant, uninterrupted, dependable presence with us. God demonstrated that faithfulness when He sent His Son to earth. The fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy as written in Isaiah 7:14 was realized through the birth of Jesus. He is called Emmanuel--"God with us."
In the November issue of "The Chosen People," president Mitch Glaser teaches us that the Hebrew Bible uses three terms to describe the faithfulness of God:
As we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, we have an opportunity to express our gratitude to God for His faithfulness. By acknowledging His goodness and faithfulness we will be able to enter a place of rest and peace. It is appropriate that Thanksgiving falls in the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and that Kislev is derived from the Hebrew word for trust and security. Personally, I will be working on trusting God for a situation that occurred this morning. My left wrist is broken as a result of a fall. The doctor expects I will need a cast on my arm for six weeks. I want to tell you, however, that I am at complete peace and know that the Lord is with me and will redeem this situation and use it for His glory. Together, let us declare His faithfulness and thank Him for the truth that He is omnipresent. He is truly "God with us," Emmanuel!
Joan E. Mathias