Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Advent Day #17 - Luke 1:18-25

Zechariah said to the angel, "How can I be sure this will happen?  I'm an old man now, and my is also well in years."  Then the angel said, "I am Gabriel!  I stand n the very presence of God.  It was he who sent me to bring you this good news!  But now, since didn't believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born.  For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time."  Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the sanctuary, wondering why he taking so long.  When he finally did come out, he couldn't speak to them.  The they realized from his gestures and his silence that he must have seen a vision in the sanctuary.  When Zechariah's week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home.  Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months.  "How kind the Lord is! she exclaimed.  "He has taken away my disgrace of having no children."

Zechariah is no different from you or I.  When he receives great news from God, he doubts God.  God shows his power by taking away Zechariah's ability to speak.  When he came out of the sanctuary, the people in the Temple knew that he must have seen a vision in the sanctuary.  He returns home, and just as the angel had said, his wife becomes pregnant.  She is joyful, because God has removed from her the stigma of being barren.  God kept his promise to Zechariah, just as he had been told would happen.

Sometimes, the promises of God seem ridiculous.  In our own frail, fallen minds, we cannot see how his promises could possibly come true.  We see are situation as hopeless.  God never asks us to see and understand his plans for our lives.  He simply asks us to trust him.  He is supremely sovereign.  Nothing happens without his knowledge.  He has everything under control.  Even when things seem desperately out of control, he is working in them.  He is working out his plan for us.  If you try to find understanding in the ways of God, then you will lose the true lesson of trusting him.  Trust him and Obey his commandments and he will work out the rest.  He is on the throne, and he is able to do more than we could ever imagine.  Why do we spend hours fretting over what he has already promised to do?  Trust him and he will take care of the rest.

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