Have you ever reread a certain passage/scripture and for whatever reason, this time it is SCREAMING at you with a new illumination?
Patrick and I were sitting in bed this morning and we do this thing while we are reading the bible that kind of goes like this, “You know what was crazy? It was crazy when God did this, or The angel said this or A B C.” Then the other person will say what is interesting about what they are reading or just respond to whatever the first person said. Well today, Patrick said something that literally made my jaw drop and I stopped my own devotional to read what he was talking about.
I read Luke 1, take time to read the passage:
Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named [g]Zacharias, of the division of [h]Abijah; and he had a wife [i]from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walkingblamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in [j]years.
8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear [k]gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will [l]give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit [m]while yet in his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in[n]years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who [o]stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
21 Death and life are in the [a]power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
We have what we speak. When the idea of having children was becoming further from and more unlikely for Elizabeth (in the natural world), (Luke 1:7), an Angel appeared telling Zacharias that Elizabeth WAS going to have a child and it would be AMAZING! What was the first thing that Zacharias did???? HE QUESTIONED THE ANGEL, GODS PLAN, AND GAVE HIM REASONS ON WHY IT WOULDN’T/COULDN’T HAPPEN. So the best and most convicting thing that literally almost jumped off the page to slap me in the face was THE ANGEL MADE HIM MUTE! Because of Zacharias unbelief, the Angel made it so Zacharias could not talk himself out of the will that God had planned for him. Zacharias could no longer verbalize his unbelief, his doubt, his insecurities. He was forced to remain silent until Elizabeth DID get pregnant.
I wonder how often we need to be muted. Where has God led you that you are starting to doubt. You begin saying, “Ummmmm…… are you sure God? I’m not seeing any fruit on this path? I know you led me here but I think You must have gotten the paths mixed up”. “God, I really think I should go back, I really think there’s a different way, I really think that I know a better way”. Or you’re talking with your friends. “Yea, It’s probably not going to happen, I think I’ll try something else, etc” Sometimes we just need to close our mouths and wait it out. We need FAITH in what God has told us.
For me, it’s for Miss Jee’s. I don’t always SEE how it’s all going to work out and instead of talking myself out of God’s plans for my life I just need to remain faithful that He is my provider, He is my comforter, He has plans for me to prosper.
STOP TALKING YOURSELF OUT OF THE GOOD NEWS THAT GOD HAS PLANNED FOR YOU. You don’t need to know HOW it’s going to happen, you just have to have FAITH that it WILL happen.
Do you need to become mute about some things in your life?