The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, “Ask for a sign from the Lord,” (Isaiah 7) Ahaz answered, “I will not tempt the Lord.” How often are we like Ahaz knowing that only God could answer our need and we say “I am not going to ask. He won’t answer my prayer anyway.” Somehow we think that makes us pious or spiritually superior, when what really happens is we miss the sign God gives us and ultimately the blessing.
The Lord gives Ahaz the sign anyway. “A virgin shall conceive and bear a son and he shall be called Emmanuel.” When this finally happened shepherds saw the angels in the sky announcing his birth and came to worship him. Wise men followed a star to find the new king but everyone else missed the most wonderful event–that God came to earth. He was born of a virgin and he came to save his people from their sin.
Let the Lord enter; He is the King of Glory.