"And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?" (Isaiah 7:13)
Syria and Israel were in a conspiracy together to go up against Judah, vex them, make a breach therein, and then set up their own king in the midst of them. The Lord God sent the Prophet Isaiah with a word for King Ahaz, the king of Judah, saying - "Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands...Because Syria, Ephraim...have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, Let us go up against Judah...It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass." (Isaiah 7:4-7).
The Prophet also concluded his prophecy with these words - "...If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established" (Isaiah 7:9).
Isaiah 7:10 goes on to relate - "Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above."
Apparently, King Ahaz and his court did not want to believe the word of the Lord that came from the Prophet Isaiah. So God instructed him to "ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God..."
What was King Ahaz's response to God?
Isaiah 7:12 says - "But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD."
Here we have it - The Prophet came with a word from God for the King of Judah concerning his dire situation. Yet, he refused to believe it. Then God personally instructed him to ask for a sign from Him, but he refused. He disguised his true heart in the matter using a religious front, saying - "neither will I tempt the LORD."
Was Ahaz really concerned about "tempting God"? How can you "tempt God" when God is the One Who initiated the proposal in the first place?
Actually, King Ahaz and his court were not interested in hearing from God at this point. They already had their minds made up that they were going to depend on Assyria and their forces and gods for help. They preferred to look to man and false gods rather than the Living God.
Have you ever been in a situation where you made up your mind as to the way you would handle it and then God comes along with His solution? Perhaps the Lord had someone give you a "word" and you rejected it because it was contrary to what you wanted. Or perhaps God then came along Himself and offered you a plan and you refused it - using some religious excuse.
Do you know what you did at this point?
You not only wearied the "vessel" God sent to you, but you actually wearied God.