Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Today's Morsel: Two priest were standing along the road with a sign that said, "Turn around." People ignored them, kept driving, and ran into an open ravine. Finally, after many cars drove into the ravine, one of the priest said, "Do you think we should change the sign to say, "Stop! the bridge is out!"
One of the hardest things about passing a driver's test in a foreign country is knowing the road signs. If you can master the signs, then everything else is usually pretty self explanatory. In other words, the other rules for driving, basically apply in every country. But it's always the signs that cause people to fail. Accidents are sometimes caused by people failing to see the sign. I've heard people say, "I did not see that stop sign." In Mark 16:15, Jesus said, "These signs shall follow them that believe." Are you a believer in Christ? If so, what signal (sign) are you sending to others? Does your life display "Stop" because I'm having a bad day and my attitude reflects it? Does it display "Caution" because the people that see you don't know if you will be happy or explode? Does it say, "Make a U-turn" because I really don't care to see anyone ? Or does it say, "Open for business?" If people cannot see Christ in you, the hope of glory, then you are sending the wrong signal; you are displaying the wrong sign. Gideon wanted a sign from God that He was going to deliver the Midianites into his hands (Judges 6:17). The prophet Isaiah told Ahaz to ask a sign from the Lord. But Ahaz said, I will not tempt the Lord by asking for a sign. And so Isaiah said to him, is it a small thing to weary men but you won't weary God? He said, since you won't ask, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Immanuel according to the apostle Matthew means, "God with us."
Sing: I saw the Lord! I saw the Lord! He was high and lifted up and His train filled the temple; High and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. The angels cried holy, the angels cried holy. The angels cried, holy unto the Lord!