“‘If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.’ Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, ‘Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.’ And he said, ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.’”
These words are spoken to King Ahaz when other nations planned to join forces and attack him. The Lord is seeking to strengthen his faith, to assure the king that He will not allow these other rulers to defeat His people, even going so far as to tell Ahaz to ask Him for a sign of His faithfulness.
Ahaz refuses to ask. And God promises a sign anyway. One of His own choosing. Immanuel. “God with us.”
This is the sign God chooses to prove His faithfulness to us. He sent His Son. The image of the invisible God. One who encompasses all that our God is, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:15, 19). Our Lord came to earth to dwell with us. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Powerful hope is found in this statement. A Savior has been born to us.
We look to Jesus, and we hear the Father saying, “I am with you. I am for you. I am the God who saves, and I will save you to the uttermost. No one is able to snatch you out of my hand.”
As we go through pain and difficulties in our life, we may start to doubt the faithfulness of God. We wonder if He hears us, if He sees what we’re going through, and if He really cares. May this sign He has given us in Jesus strengthen our heart to hope in Him. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son. The sign of Your faithfulness could have been anything. “Deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” Your choice of a sign was “God with us.” To come and dwell. To meet us where we are, since we could not get to You. To reach down into the mire of our sin and our sickness and to draw us out into righteousness, strength, and hope. To draw us into healing and light. You sent us a sign of infinite glory, of truth that will never fade, so that it could stand with us in every season and hold fast in all generations. Thank You for being steadfast. Thank You for never changing. Thank You, a million times over, for Your amazing grace. You are our hope, Lord. Hope that will never fail.