There is a very familiar verse in Isaiah 7 that we very clearly and quite properly associate with Christmas. It is a prophecy that assures us that Jesus was to be born of a young woman. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (v. 14). Most of you know the verse, but you may not know and understand the context. It is amazing how God works. It is thrilling to see how he orchestrates events, even when men mess it up, so that his purposes are accomplished. And when you see it, I believe it will cause you to stand in awe and trust him more.
It is very easy for us to say we trust God. Our behavior sometimes suggests otherwise. It is always tempting to rely on money or the ability of another person or some greater human power to help us. When God says something in his Word, do we really trust Him to carry out His work on our behalf?
That is what we want to study this evening as we look at a familiar scripture and understand it together.
I have just told you a remarkable story. The greatest challenge we face in telling a story like this is how we are going to respond to it.
The questions that we ask now are crucial for how we go on from here.
Is God trustworthy?
Can you trust God?
When you are threatened by financial crisis, by family issues, rebellious teens, when your business is at risk, when your health is in jeopardy, can you trust God? Are you tempted to rely on your own resources, on conventional wisdom, or on the advice of those who are not of God? Do you believe that God will work out the problems in your life for his glory? Do you believe that what happens to you is above God’s ability to fix? Or do you trust that he is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine?
How can we know that God is trustworthy? Let me tell you, we know this through the birth of Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh. Jesus is the sign of God’s faithfulness.
The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Do we take this seriously? I wonder.
Jesus’ birth was foretold 7 centuries before he walked the earth. Is that not sign enough to tell you that God has his eye on you and that he loves you and that he wants you to step up? We can trust him. He will not let us down.