The people and their king chose Assyria over the Lord – and felt his disciplining presence instead of his blessing. But how should the faithful remnant behave? How should they live? They were to Fear the Lord more than people or events; and they were to Trust the Lord, more than themselves or any deceiving spirit. And so must we.
Ahaz becomes king but despite God’s wonderful offers and grace, he chooses to put his trust in Assyria and his own talents rather than God. He does not stand firm in his faith so he does not stand at all.
Isaiah is given a glorious vision of God and sees God’s glory and holiness; recognises his own sinfulness and receives God’s amazing mercy. No wonder he responds to God’s call with “Here I am! Send me!” May we do the same!