FRIDAY 9 December, 2016
God’s Word Comes to Pass
Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” - Luke 1:24-25
Zacharias, performed his duty, burning incense in the temple while the people worshiped and prayed outside (Luke 1:9-10). They began to marvel that he took so long. When he came out he could not speak––the people supposed he had seen a vision in the temple as he gestured to them but remained speechless (Luke 1:21-23).
Then, in God’s time, what the angel Gabriel had told Zacharias came to pass, Elizabeth became pregnant. She kept herself hidden for five months, with the wonderful knowledge in her heart that God had answered her prayer for a child. In Biblical days, it was a shame not to have children, others may have looked down on her but not anymore that reproach was completely taken away. She could rejoice in the miraculous things God was doing in her life.
Imagine, as Elizabeth and Zacharias continued to serve God faithfully, obediently walking in all the Lord’s commandments, God’s plans and purposes were being fulfilled in their lives. Not only were they chosen to become the parents of John, they would hold a special part in the story of the Saviors birth. John was Jesus’ cousin and he would herald––the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).
It is important to know that God has a purpose and a plan for each of our lives. As we walk with God in obedience to his Word; His plans will naturally unfold in our lives. We each have an important part in the proclamation of the Gospel. Are you open to the unlimited possibilities of God working the impossible in your life?
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
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