Advent 2018

Day 3. Zechariah’s unbelief

Advent 2018 - Day 3. Zechariah’s unbelief
Monday 3rd December 2018

Luke 1:18-22

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

Not surprisingly Zechariah is stunned by the angel’s announcement, and his response is one of unbelief. To him it seems impossible, but to the angel Gabriel it is certain and will come to pass. We should look at things from heaven’s perspective, not our own, otherwise we too can become captive to unbelief. Zechariah is made dumb so he cannot pass on his unbelief to others at such a crucial moment. His enforced silence will give him time to ponder and to bring his thinking in line with God’s. Sometimes silence is better than words! For those waiting outside the temple his inability to speak will be a sign to them that something unusual has happened.

Father I understand that sometimes you impose limits so that my unbelief cannot do damage to others. I give you these limitations and pray that in living with them my heart will re-tune to Heaven’s perspective in these days.


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