He is not silent
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
- Isaiah 7:14
Have you ever asked God for a sign? Maybe you’ve been at a career crossroads or a relationship “define-the-relationship” moment or a facing an intimidating challenge in your parenting or health or ministry. A sign can give certainty.
We’ll be looking at this “sign” of Christmas this week. But before we dig all the way in, we want to catch the easy-to-pass-by reality that today’s passage attempts to lodge into our vision: God is communicating.
Our day-to-day experience might make this assertion difficult to believe. Maybe you’ve never heard God speak, seen a miracle, or received a sign. We so easily slip into a way of living that assumes that God is absent on stage – either disengaged or only working behind the scenes.
But Isaiah swings his prophetic hammer to break the dark glasses that keep us from seeing God’s activity, his presence and engagement. As Francis Schaeffer said of God: “He is there. And he is not silent.”
As you wind your way toward Christmas, try to carve out a few additional minutes today to watch and listen for God. Ask him to show you that he’s engaged in the world even now. Ask him to give you eyes to see and ears to hear what he’s saying and doing. Pay attention throughout the day.