June 1st, 2018 — IGNITE

Can I just tell you… I’d be speechless. Utterly, totally, speechless. There is no doubt in my mind that if it happened to a guy like Zacharias, who the Bible says was “righteous” and “blameless” in the sight of God, it would happen to me as well. What am I talking about? Being speechless.

Remember the story of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist? Him and his wife, Elizabeth were older. How old, I don’t know, but old enough not to get pregnant anymore. And they didn’t have any children.

Zacharias was a priest and worked in the temple. He happened to be on duty one day and he was the one who was assigned to go into the holy place in the temple and burn incense. Only one person was allowed to go in, and he was the guy.

When he got inside the holy place, he was met by an angel named Gabriel, who told him this fantastic news, that Zacharias’s prayer was heard and his wife Elizabeth was going to give birth to a baby boy. Then the angel went on to tell him the great things this boy would do and how he would be a precursor to the Savior of the world and announce the coming of the King.

However, Zacharias wasn’t quite buying it. After all this time… after all the prayer… after all the agony of watching his wife suffer ridicule for not giving birth to a child… now she was going to get pregnant? He even admitted to the angel that he was old and his wife was up there in years as well.

And here’s what the angel said to Zacharias…
“I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God; and I have been sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which shall be fulfilled in their proper time.” Luke 1:19-20

Can I say it again? I’d be speechless too! How many times have I prayed for something… many times… over extended periods of time… but eventually just let it go as I stopped believing it could or would happen? How many times have I prayed for something and when I didn’t see anything happen, just moved on to the next thing? How many times did I pray for something, but only half-heartedly believed and then when it was happening before my very eyes, still doubted? Yea, I’d be speechless too.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: You still have your voice, and you’re still communicating – that’s a good thing! Let’s praise God today that we still can speak, that He hasn’t taken our voice away for our lack of faith, and let’s praise Him and believe Him for even greater things!

Thank You for hearing my voice and answering me every time. I believe! Jesus, it’s in Your holy and mighty name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen