Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth had wanted a child, prayed for a child, cried out for a child, now they were well past childbearing years and all hope was gone. They lived quiet lives serving in the temple. Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense. Zachariah was paralyzed in fear.
But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you—many will delight in his birth. He’ll achieve great stature with God.” Luke 1:13-15 MSG
Zachariah said to the angel, “Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.”
But the angel said, “I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news. But because you won’t believe me, you’ll be unable to say a word until the day of your son’s birth. Every word I’ve spoken to you will come true on time—God’s time.” Luke 1:18-20 MSG
Have you ever been given a word from the Lord? A promise from long ago that hasn’t yet come to pass? There’s nothing you can do but hope and sometimes that’s a struggle. How long do I have to wait? Will I ever see it? I’m getting old now so what’s the point?
I’m here to remind you that it’s all in God’s time. God specializes in impossible surprises. He likes to see the looks on mans face when they thought they had a plan and God comes along and shows them who’s really in control. It’s not about you or your timing, it’s about God’s plan and His timing. Don’t assume you know, just place your hope in the one who does.
All throughout the bible we read about men and women who said yes to God and did great things. When it’s time, it will happen. God just wants your yes. Once you give it, just continue doing, learning, growing and at the right moment, your promise will be fulfilled and you’ll be jumping for joy in the presence of the Lord.
Father, You had my yes when You asked me, now I will keep my eyes on You and continue honing my skill of listening and obeying. Even when it’s hard, I’ll do it. When there’s risk involved, I’ll do it. My life is Yours and I humbly bow before you in service. It’s in Jesus’ name and for His glory. Amen