December 1, 2014

Luke 1:5   In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

What is a heritage? A heritage is what you get from your parent’s, grandparents and the family that came before you. It’s not physical things like a watch or a table or a bedroom set. A heritage is the spiritual things that your family passes on to you.

The Gospel of Luke tells us of the things God accomplished at the time of Christ. the first story told by Luke is about Zechariah and Elizabeth. He begins that story by telling about their heritage. Both of them had a great heritage. They were descendants of Aaron, who was the first priest of Israel. So they were both from priest families. They also had a strong spiritual background. They didn’t depend on godly ancestors, they both trusted in God for themselves. It’s not enough to be the child of good parents, like Zechariah and Elizabeth. God wants each of us to live in the right way. Both of them did live right. They obeyed God.

But there was one problem. There was something missing. They did not have any children.  That was more troubling because they were both getting older, close to the age when they probably would not ever be able to have children. They were probably thinking “What’s good about a heritage if you cannot pass it on to someone else?”

As this story begins, I think God is teaching about His character in these opening verses.

First, God sees, knows and understands our situation. He knew all about the struggles and worries of Zechariah and Elizabeth. He knew about their great heritage, their godly lives and their sadness. He cared about them, children or no children.

Second, God has a plan. It may be an amazing, astounding, never been done before plan like He had for Zechariah and Elizabeth. Or it may be a simple, God honoring plan. But God always has a plan. He works out everything in conformity to His will for a bigger purpose than we know.

So if you are questioning why life is going the way that it is for you, your friends, your job, your health, understand that God has a plan. You are part of that plan as you obediently follow Him.




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