Listen to today’s devo!

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isa. 7:14)

It was 11:15 p.m., and the sound of metal scraping the pavement and the smell of burning rubber permeated the air. Driving for fifteen minutes with a flat tire, while seeking safety, has that effect. The welcoming lights of a distant gas station beckoned as the car shook and rattled its way to its destination. A bit shaken by the experience, the voice on the other end of the phone reassured me that help was on the way. My job was to stay calm and stay put until the roadside assistance truck arrived.

Shortly after the emergency response call, a gentleman pulled up in a car and motioned for me to roll down my window. Through the cracked window he volunteered to help. My first impulse was to allow him to help to expedite the process, but then I remembered that help from a trusted source was on the way. Help had already been promised and waiting for the fulfillment of the promise was my job.

The prophet Isaiah brought King Ahaz a promise of deliverance, but Ahaz did not want to wait on the Lord. He wanted outside help from Assyria. Despite Ahaz’s faithlessness, God still gave him a sign. God’s promises are safe, trustworthy, and dependable and they will come to pass.

Wait on the Lord to fulfill his promises to you—trust him.

Angela Golden Bryan is a graduate of Wesley Seminary at IWU. Three of her top spiritual gifts are encouragement, service, and compassion. She and her husband live in south Florida and enjoy visits from their two adult children.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.