"Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old." Luke 1:6-7
Priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth are described in scripture as being righteous in the sight of the Lord. The scripture also states that this couple observed all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. An attitude of obedience is a character trait that stands out greatly when a person is faced with considerable difficulty. It is almost impossible to focus on something greater than self when you are experiencing disappointment, yet this couple did just that.
Priest Zechariah and his wife were very old which probably means that the chances of them conceiving a child would have naturally been impossible. Yet, God rewarded them for living in faithfulness to Him. God did the impossible and blessed them with a son that would pave the way for the “Son of God”.
"But the angel said to him: Do not be afraid Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear a son and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you and many will rejoice because of his birth." Luke 1:13-14
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because any one who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6
This couple were unlike the hypocritical religious leaders of their time. They chose to live righteously at all-time which is a condition of what they believed in their hearts and not just outwardly for others to see.
What choice will you make in the face of disappointment? Will you persevere in obedience to God by faith knowing He will meet your needs and bless you with the desires of your heart? Will you allow His good, pleasing and perfect will to supersede your own will?
"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalms 37:4
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
Priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth became parents of “John the Baptist”.
"For he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous -- to make ready a people prepared for the Lord”. Luke 1:15-17
Posted on Wed, July 22, 2015
by Sam Petitfils