Promises, pt. 19
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel…. For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted,” (Isaiah 7:14, 16 ESV).
The book of Isaiah holds a lot of the Messianic prophecies. However many of them, if not all of them are in the context of a current situation as well. In this well known passage from chapter 7, we see the virgin birth and the name of Immanuel for the first time. We know this to be referring to the Messiah, Jesus. But at the time, the king of Judah only knew that two nations were coming to war with him. God responds that there will be a Messiah, but more immediately, that before the Messiah arrives, both these two lands would no longer exist. God says that yes, I have a continuing and redeeming plan for my people. And my plan will be in effect long after your current struggles are over. I hope I can find assurance in that today. God has a plan for my good that will be in effect long after whatever I’m struggling with today is gone. My enemies, my struggles are not long term opponents for Him. They are merely tools of refinement.