When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
When the angel Gabriel speaks, you listen. After all, Gabriel’s usual position is standing in the very presence of God! However, the angel’s news was hard to believe. The announcement that Zechariah would be a father in his old age was…unbelievable. As a result of his unbelief, Zechariah was rendered silent.
God often works outside the norm. The One who spoke the world into being still speaks miracles into existence. He comes to us in ways we least expect in order to accomplish things we most desire. Sometimes His actions are welcomed — an answered prayer, the yearning of our heart fulfilled. Sometimes doors are closed. He barricades a road to put us on His path.
When the baby was born Elizabeth named him John. This didn’t sit well with friends and family since she didn’t follow the tradition of naming her child after a relative, so Zechariah wrote on a tablet, “His name is John.” That pronouncement loosed his tongue and allowed him to speak again. Unbelief left him silent. Belief produced an outpouring of praise.
Father, I do believe…sometimes. Help me to believe all the time and never doubt that Your words are true and Your path is always the right road to travel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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