We live in a world with lots of signs. There are directional signs, informational signs, and way-finding signs. Each day we depend on signs in the grocery store (looking for the soup aisle), driving down the street (the all important stop sign), and along the highway (watching for the correct exit sign). Yes, signs help us find our way. And, a good sign includes several key elements:
- Be specific
- Keep it simple
- Write in headline text
- Make a call to action
The prophet, Isaiah, tells us the Lord will give a sign and His people were to watch for the long awaited arrival of Messiah. He wrote these words more than 650 years before this little boy would be born. To properly utilize a sign we must be alert, aware, and ready to act on the information provided. God’s people were anxious for this Son of David to arrive and rule as king from Jerusalem’s throne once again.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will conceive and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel – ‘God is with us.’” ~Isaiah 7:14
Be specific – Isaiah told us that a virgin will conceive and she will give birth to a son. The people knew they were watching for a very unusual occurrence. When would this take place? Who would the virgin be? Where would she be living?
Keep it simple – This does not seem to be a simple sign. How will a virgin conceive? But even as we ponder the Lord’s sign, our hearts should be drawn in awe to an Almighty God who is able to do anything. Nothing is impossible for Him. Watch in wonder as He fulfills every jot and tittle of His prophetic word. (Read Matthew 1:22-23.)
Write in headline text – Isaiah’s headline lists four powerful names of this child and he told us this son is destined to be a mighty ruler. As I reflect on the following verse in Isaiah, I begin to understand why the Jewish people were looking for a strong and powerful leader to come as their Messiah.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~Isaiah 9:6
- Wonderful Counselor (Read Isaiah 28:29; Ephesians 1:11-12)
- Mighty God (Read Deut. 10:12-17; Neh. 9:31-33; Jer. 32:17-19)
- Everlasting Father (Read Psalm 72:17-19; Isaiah 63:16)
- Prince of Peace (Read Ephesians 2:13-18)
Make a call to action – These two short verses in the long book of Isaiah call our hearts to worship. God sent His Only Son to this earth through the womb of a young virgin. God is with us – Immanuel is His name.
Pause, take some quiet time, and listen to this song – Immanuel.
You are Immanuel, God with us.
Your Holy Spirit is my Wonderful Counselor. Speak to me through your Word of Truth, and give me great delight in it.
You are Mighty God, great in glory and awesome in might! You intend to work your great strength through my weakness, and to show your power in my frailty.
Everlasting Father, show me what it means to cry out to you as your child. Help me to love you more. Help me to trust you more.
Christ is indeed my Prince of Peace. You’ve reconciled me to Yourself through Him, and You’ve given me the Spirit who ministers Your peace to my soul day by day.
Thank you for the unspeakable gift of Your Only Son, Jesus.
~Excerpts of prayer from https://kristenwetherell.com (https://www.ibelieve.com/faith/a-prayer-for-the-hurting-this-christmas.html)