During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional. Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old. We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.
As the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth is told in today’s word for us, there are some important reminders that can be learned as we seek God to intervene in the struggles of life that we experience as we live in a broken and fallen world.
In verse 6 & 7a, it gives us a glimpse of what kind of followers of God Zechariah and Elizabeth were. It says, “Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.’ But they had no children….” Did Zechariah and Elizabeth ever give up their allegiance to Yaweh, because they were never given a child? No! They continued to be obedient to Him.
As we look further into this story, we see Zechariah’s reaction to Gabrielle’s message from God. In his humanity, Zechariah said, “How can I be sure of this?’ I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” How often do we get to the point in our prayer life that we lose faith in believing that God hears our prayers, because our prayers go unanswered? Doubt begins to take over where our faith was once strong, and as a result, we doubt the possibilities that God can perform in our lives, because we believe more in the impossibilities.
Maybe today youfeel as though your prayers have gone unheard. What can we learn from this word from God? Quiet yourself before God, be obedient to Him, and believe one day your prayer will be answered.