I have read through the book of Luke many times. I love rereading scripture and learning new things. I don’t recall picking up on the importance of Zechariah’s visit by the angel in Ch 1 v 13:
13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.
What prayer was the angel referring to? You have to read the context before and after verse 13 to answer that.
Elizabeth will have a son.
This wouldn’t, in itself, be all too important without the prior context: Elizabeth was barren. And old.
They prayed for a child and their prayer was answered. But it took many years. So many that Elizabeth was beyond child-bearing age.
But still, they were hopeful, patient, and trusting in the Lord.
6 Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.
Imagine praying for something and not getting an answer right away. Or even not getting an answer after a few months, or years? Would you lose hope? Would you lose faith?
It’s hard to wait. We live in an instant-gratification world. We want things right now. It is important to remember that waiting is ok. God’s timing is perfect. I want to strive to be full of hope, trusting, prayerful, expectant, and patient in my waiting. Because God is faithful.
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