Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Isaiah 7:13 And Isaiah said to king Ahaz, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?"
Isaiah has just offered king Ahaz a sign from God to validate the prophetic word that the armies of Assyria and the northern kingdom of Israel will not prevail against the southern kingdom of Judah. But Ahaz demurs. "No," he says, "I will not put the Lord to the test." Now, it is clearly forbidden for man to demand a sign of God's integrity on his own account. But when God offers? What is going on here?
The answer is false piety. Ahaz didn't want to ask for a sign because he didn't really believe in God and if he did, it was only in a God who did what he wanted. Ahaz didn't want to be faced with the truth of God being real, knowing all about the future and having the power to bring His word about. That was just too much. Ahaz would then have to make a choice about what he thought and did. In particular, he would have to decide whether he was going to obey or ignore a very real God whom he didn't control! That sort of choice would have consequences he didn't want to accept or acknowledge.
What about you? Do you really want God to have a real relationship with you and reveal Himself to you? Or would you rather He stayed at a distance, didn't do anything and so allowed you to ignore Him without worrying about the consequences?