Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” (Isaiah 7:10 – 11)

King Ahaz had plenty of troubles. As descendant of King David, he was the ruler as the nations surrounding Judah were eyeing Judah and Jerusalem with covetousness. The Lord God had not yet totally “abandoned” the called and chosen people, so there was some hope that the nation would emerge intact and whole from this latest battle. The Lord sent Isaiah to reassure the king. But while King Ahaz may have been a king of faith, he did not rely heavily on Yahweh.

“But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.” (Verse 12)

Quite honestly, beloved reader, I do not understand this. At this writing I am still thinking back to the trying and challenging week that I had, and looking toward a new week that has unknown challenges. I would love to ask for a sign that the coming week is survivable!

“Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.” (Verses 13 – 16)

It is a strange trait of human behavior that while we may fear the coming disaster, we are often slow to ask for help and assistance from the Divine. It took me more years than I am comfortable confessing to for me to ask for help when difficulties come. I used to think it was a sign of weakness to ask for help; and that one should trust that the Divine has already equipped you with all that you need. What I had to learn over and over again is that the Divine never intended us to live through our lives on our own.

We forget that the Creator loved to walk with Adam and Eve each evening in the Garden, listening to how their day was. Remember that part of their sin was hiding from the Creator, and fearing their imperfections would be exposed. And if the Divine were to be wearied, I have no doubt it would be weariness from our trying to hide our fears and concerns. And why would the Divine be so concerned about us? That, beloved reader is a topic we will discuss later in the week. Shalom & Selah!