Today's Devotional Thought
December 01, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
Have you ever been made speechless? Zechariah has been. If we look in Luke 1, you see these verses that are taking place in the Holy of Holies, in the temple. Zechariah has just been told that he and his wife Elizabeth will have a son and his name should be John. They were well along in years and, to be honest, past the age to bear children. You can see that Zechariah is well aware that he and Elizabeth are too old to have children and he has doubt. And, because of that doubt, he is then told he will be silenced until the birth of their son.
He was silenced because of his doubt, actually a pretty human reaction. However, because the angel said it, Zechariah should have believed.
Not that many times in life does an angel appear and give you big news like that.
Chances are you've never had an angel appear to you and give you big news like Zechariah received. But maybe you've had God promise you something and after sometime you've doubted that He really meant what He promised. Maybe it was a child, an occupation, a home, or maybe it is a dream that you've dreamed, and God has promised it will come true. It is sometimes so easy to second guess promises when they don't come true right away. Satan tends to creep in and start telling you that maybe you didn't hear God right or maybe it was all in your head. For Zechariah, his doubt was immediate and the angel silenced him. When you can't speak, I tend to think that you would do a lot of thinking. Which maybe that was the point of Zechariah being silenced. He had time to reflect on God's promises and how with God, all things are possible. God doesn't have limitations and He can accomplish His will in unexpected ways.
What has God promised you? Don't allow Satan to steal away the joy you've been given in the promise that God gave you. Psalm 46:10 tells us to "Be still and know that I am God." In those moments of doubt maybe we need to just be silent and listen to God and allow Him to fill us with His strength so that we can carry on until we see that promise fulfilled. See my friends, when GOD gives us a promise it will ALWAYS be fulfilled.
When you read on in Luke chapter 1, you see God's promise fulfilled and the day John is born, Zechariah is given his voice back and he immediately praises God. When that promise is fulfilled for you what a day that will be and girlfriends, you better be praising God! God is faithful!