“In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.” Luke 1:5-7
Notice that both Zacharias and Elizabeth (future parents of John the Baptist) were righteous in the sight of God? They BOTH “walked blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.” BUT Elizabeth was barren. To be barren in those days was not a good thing. Not being able to conceive was commonly thought of as the disfavor of God, because if a woman was blessed of God, she would have children (Deut. 7:14). But here we have a husband (a priest of God, no less) and a wife who are doing everything right according to God’s testimony of them. They had been serving God and praying for a child (Luke 1:13) probably for their whole married lives, and now they are “advanced in years.”
A lifetime of asking, and a lifetime of disappointment. Sound familiar? Sometimes we think God has forgotten us or isn’t listening to our prayers. After a while, we may think it’s way past possible to even have our request, BUT God. God always has a plan. For Elizabeth and Zacharias, God’s plan involved them trusting HIM all the way through their lives, enduring questions and judgments from others, just to bless them with having and raising one of the greatest humans to walk the earth: John the Baptist, the forerunner of the LORD! (Matt. 11:11)
But wait, there’s more! Up until the time of Zacharias, God had been silent for 400 years. God broke that silence by appearing to Zacharias in the midst of his service in the temple. The angel told him that his prayers had been heard and that he and Elizabeth were going to have a son. (Luke 1:13-14)
Maybe you are just quietly serving the Lord today, but you’re getting a little tired. Others around you are excelling in ministry or motherhood, career, or whatever, and even some of the specific things you’ve asked from the Lord are being given to people that you don’t think deserve it. Maybe you’re wondering if you’ve done something wrong. It’s worth examining ourselves for sin, but if after that examination, you don’t find a smoking gun, then just relax and keep serving the Lord with all your heart. God has not forgotten about you. He has heard your prayer. He WILL answer you. If He did it for Elizabeth and Zacharias, He can do it for you. Keep praying, keep waiting, keep the faith.
It may be long past what you think is possible, but hey, we serve the God of the impossible. HE CAN DO ANYTHING, at any time, for anyone, anywhere and in any way HE chooses.
Today, let’s place our faith squarely on God’s shoulders, remembering who HE is, and start conceiving the impossible.
Shalom, Big D