Would Ahaz take heed in that hour of desperation? Would he repent and turn from his evil?
No, the silly man disbelieved Isaiah (v.9b). He was unable to take God at his word. Further, in declining God's invitation to ask for a sign out of false, misplaced and misguided piety, he rejected God's protection for Assyria's and God showed him what Assyria, whose very help he sought, would do.
What grace for a man who deserved none. What a God who would leave us with nothing to accuse you with by his act of mercy.
Help me, Lord, to stay true to you. As you have shown grace to Ahaz, you have also shown to me. Help me to trust you and take you at your word. Keep me focused so that I hear only your voice, especially in my hour of need.
Attention is the only faculty of the soul which gives us access to God.
Simone Weil (from Berne)