13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.
To Isaiah’s original audience, the prophecy of Immanuel was a proof that God would act in the way he said he would, and that his people should trust him even if the circumstances looked bleak or what he said seemed impossible. Of course we see a deeper fulfilment in the birth of Jesus – Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection all tell us that God is with us and for us. Today of course we celebrate that God is with us through his Spirit. If God is trustworthy, with us and for us, we can have courage to step out in faith.
No matter what is going on in life, no matter the questions, doubts, stresses and unknowns, we rejoice that you are with us. May we derive courage from you to be and do what you want today.