10Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, 11“Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.” 13And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:10-14
If God instructed you to ask for a sign, what do you think you would say? I often tell people to be careful about asking God for a sign, because He is more than able to call your bluff. This particular sign has a second fulfillment that goes well beyond Ahaz’s time even. God indeed has made His dwelling place with us. He is willing to live within you and I through the Holy Spirit and does dwell in those who are born again, Immanuel: God with us.