You’re Never Alone

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Perhaps you can remember a time when you felt all alone and overwhelmed by life. For some, the holidays are a painful reminder of just how isolated their lives have become. We all know that life can sometimes come at you fast just like the Allstate commercial warns us. But when it does, we should consider the prophet Isaiah and the message he delivered to Ahaz, the king of Judah. In Isaiah (chapter seven) we discover that Syria and Ephraim have teamed up and are pressuring Ahaz to join forces with them against Assyria. We then read that the heart of the people and their king was shaken at such a prospect and they did not know what to do. It should come as no surprise though that the LORD had other plans for His people. God sent Isaiah to inform Ahaz, and the people of Judah, that what they needed to do was to put their faith in Him for salvation. A sign would to be given to Ahaz that had both a partial fulfillment in his day and a future fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Isaiah writes, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Over seven centuries later, the gospel of Matthew interprets these words for us when it says, “…and they shall call his name Immanuel which means, God with us.”

So the next time that life comes at you fast, think of Ahaz and how desperately everyone, even