Bible Reading Luke 1:5-25 KJV
Timing is everything…isn’t it? If we think about it for a few moments what don’t we do throughout the day that isn’t running on some internal clock? Zacharias and Elisabeth were on God’s perfect timetable. They shared a beautiful, faithful, obedient life together, and were ultimately rewarded in Biblical proportions; they were integral to the story of Christ! Through their story we can learn how to wait patiently; God may want to give us more than we could ever imagine. Zacharias and Elisabeth wanted a child.
Luke 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
God’s timing said not right now. When all was perfectly aligned God gave them a son that would be filled with the Holy Spirit and announce the coming of Christ!!!
13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
This was a moment like no other! First, Zacharias had the honor of offering the prayer for the nation. Second, while he was praying the angel Gabriel visited him revealing the incredible news. Third, Zacharias talked to Gabriel! I mean WOW! Not only was he getting to fulfill his duty as a priest but to have one of God’s messengers deliver personal acknowledgment that God heard his prayers?!?!!! When we know that God hears us and is answering our prayers by guiding us into a deeper partnership with Him there is no better feeling.
And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
I want to believe that Zacharias was so taken aback at the possibility of having a child that fear, doubt, and insecurity crept into his mind. Whatever he was allowing his flesh to feel and ultimately question God through the angel Gabriel, we know it resulted in Zacharias’ being struck mute and perhaps deaf until the child, John the Baptist, was born. This was an incredibly humbling experience for Zacharias which likely caused his relationship with God to become even more intimate. Elisabeth reacted differently to the news of her soon to be son, she hid and continued to praise God for lifting the shame of her and her husband.
•Often times we use social media to share the news that was not meant to be shared by us. Satan wants to take the joy away and kill the celebrations. Satan doesn’t want God’s great blessings to be spread nor does he want us to enter into a closer relationship with God. If we remain oblivious to the schemes of Satan we will end up moving away from our God-given purpose. When we have moments we want to celebrate let’s carefully access who we share it with. We as people like to take credit for things we had nothing to do with. Scripture tells us that we are eating food we did not grow and drinking water from wells we did not dig. (Joshua 24:13 KJV ) So before we puff up our egos think: is this the proper way for me to do this? Am I messing with God’s intended timing? Am I being moved by God or Satan in my actions? Am I acting righteous or reacting in jealousy, pride, or envy? When we react with love we pause long enough to pray.
Zacharias could have run out of the Temple of the Lord rejoicing and screaming the news that his wife would have a son. But was it his news to share at that time?. Timing is everything. When we pay attention to God’s timing we can relax and not be anxious. Even if Satan steals the thunder, the light will still shine in our reactions.
© Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose trademark pending), 2018-2048. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.