Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted
for God is with us.
Ahaz king of Judah refused to be persuaded by Gods word or by Gods sign. So Isaiah prophesied that what Ahaz feared would come to pass. Gods judgment would fall on Israel, and this would happen through the terrible fist of the Assyrian army (see Isaiah 7:17-24). The prophecy also accelerated judgment on Damascus and Samaria. A new sign was prophesied. A child named Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz would be born to Isaiah and his wife. Before the boy knows how to say My father or My mother, the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.
Oddly, all of this has to do with the confession that ends verse 10 of our reading. The last word in verse 10 is literally ImmanuelGod with us. No human plans can thwart Gods plans. It matters not whether those plans are devised by Ahaz or by the mighty warlords of Assyria. The truth of Immanuel turns to dust all plans that are empty of Gods intentions.
God has devised an invincible plan of blessing that will bring good news to all the nations of the earth through the one who bears the name Immanuel.
As we make our personal plans, wisdom demands that we take Gods intentions seriously. Whose game plan do we live by? Our own pathetic strategiesor Gods unfailing purposes?
Father, have mercy on us. We do believe your Word. Thank you for the blessing that comes through your beloved Son, who took on himself the judgment for our sins. Amen.
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