14
Jan
14

Eyes Of Faith To Believe

How do you deal with doubts that creep into your heart and mind?  You’re not sure about a couple of things:
1. Is God speaking to me?
2. Do I believe what He is telling me?
Zechariah, a priest in the Lord’s service, and his wife Elizabeth were well advanced in age.  Zechariah’s wife was unable to bear children.  I’m sure that this was puzzling to them because they were devout and righteous.  Luke says, “Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly” (Luke 1:6, NIV).  So if they were such good people, why weren’t they able to have children when they were younger?  Now that they were older, the possibility of children was no more.  Or so they thought.
While serving the Lord one day, the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah in the temple.  He said that Elizabeth was going to have a son and his name would be John!  One would think that Zechariah would be overjoyed at this news!  That was not the case, though.  This is what he said:

“How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

​ – Luke 1:18 (NIV) 
Zechariah doubted Gabriel because he could only see with earthly eyes.  He knew what he knew.  Due to their advanced age, there was no way that they could have a baby!  But one does not put God in a box.  One does not tell God that there is no way.  God can do ANYTHING!  We have to have eyes of faith to be able to see what He can do.
I once heard a great joke about faith.  There was a pastor and a little boy.  The pastor said to the little boy, “I’ll give you a shiny new quarter if you can tell me something God can do.”  The little boy said to the pastor, “Pastor, I’ll give you a whole bag of quarters if you can tell me something God can’t do!”
It’s true!  Nothing is impossible for God!  Don’t doubt His goodness, His love or His power.  He can provide for your every need.  He can love you when you feel unworthy.  He can forgive you when you fail.  He can pick you up when you fall down.  He can speak peace into your chaos.  He can speak hope into your depression.  Don’t believe for even a moment that God will not do what He said He will do!  We can rest assured on His good and faithful promises.  May you have eyes of faith to believe Him today.

Luke 1:5-25 (NIV)

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot,according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

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 favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

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