Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Read Luke 1:18-20

If you have been reading along, you will remember yesterday that Zechariah had an amazing meeting with an angel, but he did not believe what the angel said. Have you ever not believed something that another person told you? Why? Let’s take a look at why Zechariah may have doubted and why he should have believed what God said through the angel.

Some of the reasons he may have not believed are because of:

  • Doubt – he doubted that God could really do something as amazing as giving him such a wonderful gift. Do you ever doubt that God is good enough to do good things for you?
  • It was not humanly possible – Zechariah and his wife were both to old to have children. Do you ever doubt that God is powerful enough to do something amazing in your life that you are praying for?
  • Fear – he thought people would think he was crazy when he told them what happened in the temple. He needed proof. God gave him proof by not letting him speak!
  • Lack of trust – he didn’t trust that God would do what He said.

Why should have Zechariah, and why should you and I, believe God?

  • Because God is good enough, and loves us enough, to delight to do us good with all His heart and soul (Jeremiah 32:41).
  • Because God is powerful enough (he is in charge of the whole world!) to do exactly what He wants in our lives in such a way that He gets the credit and we get the joy.
  • Because God is always with us, so we have no reason to fear (Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 41:10).
  • Has God ever given us reason not to trust Him?

When my daughter was little she cut her hand, and we had to take her to the doctor to get stitches. Some parts of that visit were painful for her, but the whole purpose of going to the doctor was for her good health and healing. If a human parent cares for their child and does good things, even in a difficult time, will not the perfectly good, perfectly loving and perfectly powerful God do even more when we trust Him? YES!

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