GOD PAUSE During my quiet time this morning, I saw the promise of Jesus' coming in its context --- and I was very surprised. King Ahaz was facing two enemy kings at once and he was shaking like a tree in the wind. God said to him “If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.” Then God told Ahaz to ask Him for a sign, but he refused to do so. So God gave him one anyhow --- “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son.” Imagine that! The answer to Ahaz's battle --- and his shaking faith --- was in the Person of Jesus Christ! Oh my dear friend, may you and I realize that today. As in the words of the old hymn, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteous!” Dear Papa, our faith rests in Your Son. We win. Amen and amen.