Read Genesis 39 

Marshmallows and hot cocoa, sitting by the fire, cuddled up and cozy… sounds like the start to a great Christmas song, right? This is one of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season. It makes me feel comfortable, secure and happy. My ultimate form of security is knowing that God is with us- Immanuel. Immanuel is a name that we seem to use most often at Christmas time. It literally means “God with us”.  

Joseph had so many ups and downs and many moments that could have broken him. What kept him going? What helped him not give up hope? Immanuel. God with us. This is repeated over and over numerous times in this chapter- “the Lord was with Joseph”. The Lord is with you. This time of year could be a difficult time for you, but the Lord is with you. You may be struggling with something right now, but the Lord is with you. He is with you in your best and worst moments and He will never leave you- He is with us always.  

I don’t know what season of life you are in right now, but be encouraged by this promise- God is with you, just as He was with Joseph.

— Jamie Twaddell