Isaiah 7:10-14 The LORD sent another message to Ahaz: “Ask the LORD your God to give you a sign. It can be from deep in the world of the dead or from high up in heaven.”
Ahaz answered, “I will not ask for a sign. I refuse to put the LORD to the test.”
To that Isaiah replied, “Listen, now, descendants of King David. It’s bad enough for you to wear out the patience of people—do you have to wear out God’s patience too? Well then, the LORD himself will give you a sign: a young woman who is pregnant will have a son and will name him ‘Immanuel’.”
King Ahaz was facing a dire situation, since two larger countries were allied to invade and conquer tiny Judah. But even more dire was the situation within himself, indifference to God. Ahaz wanted to sound holy, “I wouldn’t dream of troubling God for a sign—or of testing God.” These words sounded holy, but they were actually hollow. They didn’t spring from faith that God would act, they sprang from a fear that God would disappoint. Still, God offered a sign anyway. A young woman would bear a son named “Immanuel, God with us.” This little child would point forward to another little child born to another young woman. This other child would not only be called “Immanuel”, but also “Wonderful counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Prayer: Dear God, forgive me for dressing up my lack of faith in false humility. Forgive me for trying your patience and making it even more difficult for you to deliver me from my own external and internal enemies. Give me a sign, please. Give me a sign that will prove indeed that Immanuel is born in my life.
Through Him who is indeed the Prince of Peace. Amen.