In response to my post “Immanuel: Peace,” Dave Black told the following story (Monday, December 20, 2010 at 9:02 a.m.:
One day in Alaba the Muslims attacked a believer named Fetiye and her children with sticks and knives. She was fully pregnant at the time. God spared the yet-to-be-born infant, but Fetiye’s one-year old son perished as a result of the attack. Later, when a son was born to her and her husband, they named him Immanuel, “God is with us!” What suffering. What faith. What an expression of confidence and hope in the God of all peace.
Can we see Immanuel – God with us – in the midst of your current circumstances? If not, the problem does not lie with God’s location or our situation.