There are moments we are sure of God’s great love and care. We are able to rest in challenging and difficult times because we feel deeply God’s trustworthiness. At other times we wonder whether or not He is truly trustworthy. There are pieces of life we joyfully trust God with and others we guard jealously, afraid of surrendering even to Him. As it turns out, God shows Himself trustworthy in all those times through His word. He knows us and loves us when we rest in His care and when we question Him. When our wondering selves, our uncertain selves, come back to this story each Christmas, we discover that we have a companion in Zechariah, someone who asks one of the deepest questions of life with us: Whom shall I trust? And you find that you a kindred sister in Elizabeth as you also wait on God.
Zechariah and Elizabeth’s lives progressed just as the angel foretold (vv. 24-25, NIV): 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.”
What have you been asking God to give you?
How do you feel known by God?
Elizabeth gave God glory when she discovered she was pregnant. How can you give God glory during Advent?