What irritates you? I mean really i-r-r-i-t-a-t-e-s you? Like fingernails on the chalkboard irritating- getting lost irritating- bad odor coming from the litter box irritating- being cut off in traffic irritating- not being paid for services rendered irritating- flat tire irritating- someone drinking the last cup of coffee irritating!!!! What is it that makes you roll your eyes, throw up your hands, spout angry words and ask: why do other human beings exist? Now while I have you all riled up thinking about being irritated what do you think irritates God about you?
Let’s continue with Zacharias and Elisabeth’s story. How did Zacharias pray? He was unable to talk, so opening his mouth to give thanks, praise, or to complain to God would have been impossible. Of course, he could think about what he wanted to say to God. After all, Zacharias was a Priest, he used his voice often. I believe there are several occupations that we are never fully released from and being a priest is one of them. So how irritated was God at Zacharias?
Well let’s attempt to look at this from God’s perspective:
- Zacharias and Elisabeth were righteous and followed the commandments of the Lord.
- Zacharias was a Priest from the division of Abijah and Elisabeth was from the daughters of Aaron. So both “ministers” and knowledgeable about the Word of God.
- Elisabeth would have had a first-hand understanding of God’s miracles not only from the scrolls but also from her family. In that time the passing down of stories was not only common but expected.
- Zacharias and Elisabeth prayed for a child. Likely this was a continuous action.
Now we arrive at the culmination of living righteously, being obedient to the Lord and a prayer being answered.
God sent the angel Gabriel to deliver the news. Zacharias had the audacity to question it. I mean how silly of him, right?! Because we would never do something so idiotic as to have a prayer finally answered but then question how it could possibly happen …would we? Luke 1:18 KJV Our human reasoning is what gets us in trouble. We try to figure out how God could do something from our human perspective and that’s where it all goes downhill. We are NOT God. God is God! If we allowed our inner spirits to control our tongues the result would be different. What we should do is be quiet and wait for further instructions. Yes, I believe that would be the best action. But we just don’t do that..at least not the majority of the time. So we are left with the consequences of our actions. We may be left..
•As we go through this life focus on change and the strikingly irritating things we may be doing that brings God to anger. If we focus on how we can be more respectful, loving, and kind to others we may become less irritating.
37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.