Read: Luke 1:5-25

Advent – prayer … waiting … hoping … expecting …

Advent (The Coming of the Lord) is not an easy time. Do you find it hard too? You pray … you wait … you hope … you expect – And you are left wondering will anything happen? And if anything happens, when will it happen?

Imagine Zachariah’s and Elizabeth’s Advent! Their time of praying, waiting, hoping, expecting. Zechariah and Elizabeth were the parents of John the Baptist, the first and major figure of Advent in the New Testament!

Zechariah and Elizabeth lived in the hill country of Judea in a small village and for many years were earnestly praying for a child! They prayed for many years, they hoped, they waited, they expected … and nothing happened. Now they grew old, and they even stopped praying. One day, however as Zechariah was fulfilling his priestly duties in the temple, in Jerusalem, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, passing on God’s message to him that they will have a son who will prepare the way for the Messiah! Zechariah believed it and believed it not. It was just too amazing. Because of his unbelief Zechariah remained silent until the birth of his son, John. When he could speak again, he praised the Lord with a grateful heart!

In this rich and powerful story, please notice something. Notice how God builds into His amazing plan of salvation for the whole world the quiet, hopeful prayers of ordinary people! God has had His Salvation Plan from before the beginning of time. It was ready. It was complete. In an amazing way, amazing to us, God built into His world-transforming plan the lives and prayers of simple, ordinary people, like Zechariah and Elizabeth,Mary and Joseph, and you and I! The timing, by human standards was not right for Zechariah and Elizabeth, nor was right for Mary and Joseph, maybe it is not right for us either. But God keeps account of people and their prayers, and in His own timing He responds to them when and how they first in with His eternal plan. How astonishing and mazing this is! What a privilege this is that we are part of God’s Salvation!

God has everything planned, there is not disorder in his ways, he does not improvise or has to revert to Plan B. All is done according to His wisdom and will. this gives me confidence and comfort!

How is your Advent? Have you been praying, hoping, waiting, expecting? Be encouraged by Zechariah’s Advent. Dare to entrust your life, the small prayer requests, and the big ones, into His mercy. Zechariah’s unbelief was not a hindrance to God, nor will your doubt be an obstruction to His will. You have been part of His Salvation plan from eternity! Hallelujah!

“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” (Luke 1:45)

[from GV]

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