Advent 2018

Day 4. Elizabeth’s joy

Advent 2018 - Day 4. Elizabeth’s joy
Tuesday 4th December 2018

Luke 1:23-25

23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favour and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

We now meet Zechariah’s wife, Elizabeth, who all these years has suffered the shame and disgrace that went along with being childless in her culture. She must have been totally amazed to realise that she was pregnant, but she does not have the same doubts as her husband—her body cannot lie! Her response is one of joy and amazement that God should have been so kind and gracious to her. All that has happened she attributes to God. Her note of thankfulness is one we can cultivate in our own lives too. We have so much to be grateful for, so many evidence of God’s love. Let’s be careful to give God the glory he deserves, be quick to praise him, and ready to tell others of his goodness

God of amazing grace I pray for the ability to see those things in my life of which I can say; ‘the LORD has done this for me.” May the people that I am among see that I live under your favour this Christmas.


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