A Sign from God (Christmas Devotion)
Isaiah 7:14-Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
We ask God for signs when we try to discern if its really Him working in our lives or leading us to do something. In Judges 6:36-40, Gideon asked God for a sign.
“Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.” And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.” So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew (New Living Translation).
Just like for Gideon, the Lord gives us a unique sign so we can know its Him working or leading us. The people of Israel needed a sign to know when the Messiah was coming (advent). The Lord spoke through the Prophet Isaiah about a sign. The Messiah would be born of a virgin. Like Gideon’s sign, this virgin birth was also a unique sign. A virgin having a baby was impossible, unscientific, and unbelievable. God’s signs are often unique in this way. You know it is God working or leading because the sign is something only God can do.
How would the virgin respond to this supernatural experience? She would give the baby a unique name, Immanuel. This name means God with us. According to the New American Standard Bible, the word Immanuel only occurs three times in the Bible. The name Immanuel is found in Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 8:8, and Matthew 1:23. No other person in the Bible was called by this name. Therefore, the child was unique. The child’s name identified him as the Messiah.
So how does all this relate to Christmas? Jesus Christ, the Messiah who was born of a virgin is unique. No one else was, is, or will ever be like Jesus. As we celebrate Christmas, let’s worship Jesus Christ, the one and only unique Son of God.
What signs have you seen from God? Comment below!