2014-10-23 - What Would Zechariah Say?
Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly. (Luke 1:6)
An angel delivered the exciting news that my wife Elizabeth would have a baby! I was terrified, at first, to see an angel - but the Heavenly being put my fears to rest immediately. Not only did I learn of our son-to-be by astounding circumstances; I learned insights mere man cannot disclose.
The angel revealed the boy's name would be John. John would have an enormous calling on his life, and be a pleasure, a delight, and many would rejoice over his birth. The child will be great in God's sight, would be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth, and would help people return to fellowship with God, according to the angel. I could not be more proud.
Elizabeth and I obeyed God's commandments and prayed for a child. Finally, in our old age, the prayer was answered. Elizabeth did not see her waiting period critically, nor as punishment. She gave God all the glory for her pregnancy.
Why did we have to wait so long to become parents? All I can do is speculate. Surely it was more than strengthening our faith muscles. Perhaps God knew it would take special, mature, God-fearing parents to raise a prophetic son whose mission was to prepare the way for the Savior.
Lord, Show me how I can tell others about You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.