Isaiah 7:9-12 (NIV)
9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son. If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.'”
10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
11 “Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.”
Isaiah directed Ahaz to ask God for some miraculous sign. Ahaz was told the Assyrian army was not going to defeat them. God was going to turn back the Assyrian army. All the evidence was to the contrary of what God had promised. The northern kingdom of Israel was now firmly aligned with Assyria and they had already taken some towns in Judah captive. In the middle of this Isaiah calls Ahaz to trust in God in spite of the evidence to the contrary.
To help him with his unbelief he even tells Ahaz to ask for a sign and God would do it whatever he asked. Now if God performed the sign Ahaz would have to trust in God alone from then on but Ahaz refused to ask for a sign.
He carefully cloaked his unbelief by saying he would never put God to the test. Sounds so spiritual doesn’t it. How often are we in the same position, God calls us to trust him and we respond to those who know us with some sort of spiritual mumbo jumbo.
God sees right through the hypocrisy of Ahaz and tells him that his plan to defeat the Assyrians was already an accomplished fact but he was giving Ahaz the opportunity to join him in this work. Ahaz refused and suffered. It is important to note that God’s plan was not thwarted in the least by Ahaz’s refusal but Ahaz suffered a great loss.
It is the same with us; God calls us to trust him with many things in our lives that are quite difficult. It is as we trust him we see his hand of deliverance and we grow in our faith. Our trusting him in no way helps God out nor does our refusal to trust him prevent him from working out his plan. As we trust him, we come to know and experience the joy of knowing our Creator who cares for us more than you will ever know unless that is you trust Him.
Do not be an Ahaz, trust God.