Jan 13, 2019
A primary reason that men fail to trust God has to do with their failure to recognize that He is with them. They judge the reality of His presence based on the condition of their circumstances. If things are going well, He is with them and obviously happy with them. But if things happen to take a turn for the worse, the natural assumption is that God has vacated the premises or chosen to forsake His child. But Isaiah 7:10-25 makes it clear that the reality of God’s presence must be judged by His character and nature, not the conditions surrounding us. King Ahaz finds himself faced with the difficult choice of trusting God, when he could not clearly comprehend God. Things looked bleak. Conditions were less than ideal. But in the midst of all the confusing circumstances, God gave Ahaz a reassuring word. He promised to send someone to assist the people of Israel. But not just anybody. It would be Immanuel, whose name means, “God with us.” It was God’s way of letting Ahaz and the people of Judah know that His coming judgment of them would not be a sign that He was no longer with them.