Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 3, 2012

Zachariah

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Luke 1:13  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John. 

We start the characters of the Advent season with Zechariah.  He was from a long line of priests and was a priest himself.  He was chosen by lot to be the priest that day to serve in the Holy place of the temple.  He and his wife, Elizabeth were old and had prayed for decades for a child but it appeared their prayers were unanswered.  In spite of the unanswered prayer they continued to worship God and Zechariah continued to serve as a priest.  While he was in the Holy Chamber an angel, the messenger of God, appeared to him and told him their prayers were finally to be answered.  Zechariah did not believe it to be true.  There was no way God could  see they would have a baby now that they were so old.  His disbelief in God’s message left him mute.  Our question is what do we believe about God’s ability and willingness to answer our prayers?  Sometimes we are so intent on what we ask and so sure we won’t get it that we totally miss what God gives us.  We may ask what is good for us but God gives us what is best for us and  always in the right time.  Let’s ask God to keep us tuned to His messenger, the Holy Spirit, to listen and believe and trust as we serve and worship our God.

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