It All Begins with Faithfulness

During the time when Herod ruled Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah. Zechariah belonged to Abijah’s group. Zechariah’s wife came from the family of Aaron. Her name was Elizabeth. Zechariah and Elizabeth were truly good people before God. They did everything the Lord (God) commanded and told people to do. They were without fault. But Zechariah and Elizabeth had no children. Elizabeth could not have a baby; and both of them were very old. – Luke 1:5-7

Key Thought

Sometimes, when things aren’t going as well as we hope, we are tempted to give up on our righteous commitments to God. “What’s the use?” we sometimes think to ourselves, “It surely doesn’t seem to be paying off for me!” God gives us Zechariah and Elizabeth to help us not give up in our discouragement, impatience, and frustration. The beginning of the Gospel is found in two, old, faithful followers of God. They were righteous in God’s eyes even though their most fervent desire to have a child had not been granted by God. They honored God because it was right. Out of that faithfulness came the beginning of our salvation story in Luke. So the next time you find yourself discouraged and ready to give up because your prayers seem unanswered, remember this old couple and their joyous surprise as revealed in the following verses. It’s worth the wait to share in God’s glory!

Today’s Prayer

Holy and righteous God, my Abba Father, forgive me for the times that I have let discouragement and impatience cause me to stumble and even give up for a time. I do believe that you are at work in my life and want to use my life to help others find Jesus. Please give me strength to live before you righteously as Zechariah and Elizabeth did. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

Philippians 2:13 – Matthew 6:31-33 – Ephesians 2:1-10

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