Topic: The Sign of IMMANUEL
[DCLM Daily Manna 4 March 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: ISAIAH 7:10-25 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
Men commonly seek for signs to validate the truth concerning a matter. To acheive this, some resort to getting information from dubious sources and sometimes go as far as seeking help of prophets or fortune tellers to unlock the secrets of the unknown future.
From our text, God told Ahaz to ask for a sign, any sign. But the king was really not a friend of God; so he did not ask for a sign, hiding under a false sense of humility. God decided to give him a sign anyway. And the sign was going to be the birth of the child Immanuel through a virgin. This was a prophecy that would take more than five hundred years to be fulfilled, but God gave the sign to let the ungodly Ahaz know that He cares for His people. God called the child Immanuel because He had a plan for His own. Although Ahaz had abandoned the Lord, He will not abandon His people. He is a faithful God who, in the midst of calamities that would befall the land, would provide help and a way of escape for His own.
We have many people today who are seeking for favourable signs while ignoring obvious signs of the end of time. They want to see signs before they will believe the truth of the gospel while conveniently ignoring the signs in the living word of God.
God has given us Immanuel. There is no better alternative to the signs that He gave man. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We should be careful not to behave like the Pharisees of old who were always looking for signs even when God speaks audibly that He is with us (EMMANUEL). The word of God is with us. The witness of the Holy Spirit is in our hearts. The signs are visible enough. Believe them and be blessed.
Thought For The Day: Many have sight but no vision.
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