Focal passage: Isaiah 7:7-17
“We will go tomorrow, I promise.” How many times have you said something like that to your children? In some cases, the statement may have been more of a diversion than a declaration, simply to get them off your back, at least for the moment, about something they wanted to do.
It might have been, however, that you had every intention of making good on that promise, only to have something completely out of your control come up and prevent it from taking place. In either case, the end result was the same – you did not see your promise through.
Such is never the case for God. Throughout the Old Testament, He called His people to “remember” His past faithfulness as an encouragement to trust Him today.
God called Ahaz to remember His promises. He even gave Ahaz the opportunity to ask for a present sign that would ensure God’s faithfulness to fulfill His future promise of protecting Judah. But in pride and unbelief, Ahaz refused God’s offer. So, God responded by announcing a sign that would ensure the fulfillment of His ultimate future promise – the promise to send His Messiah, the Savior, who would be none other than the virgin-born Son of God.
When considering my promises to my children, I hope they remember and grade me on a curve. God’s track-record is perfect, as He is.
We can today, by faith, trust Him to do all He has promised to do. Will we, and will others, see our trust in Him?