Advent 2018

Day 1. Zechariah the priest

Advent 2018 - Day 1. Zechariah the priest
Saturday 1st December 2018

Luke 1:5-10

5In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. 8Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

Sorrow comes in many forms, but one of the most the painful is surely the disappointment of being childless. This was the everyday reality for Zechariah and Elizabeth, despite their love for God. Zechariah was attending to his priestly duties on what seemed like an ordinary day, but it was not. God’s great plan of salvation was about to get underway, and they would have a part to play. Furthermore, their prayers were to be answered in a most amazing way. We should never give up hope when we have such a mighty and compassionate God. He knows our needs, and he cares, even when we think he has forgotten us!

Mighty and compassionate God, thank you that while I wait and pray, and wait, you hear me and have not forgotten. Today I trust the truth that my disappointment does not hold back your purposes from touching my life in your time and in your way


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