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NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR GOD


{Open your bible to the book of Luke, Chapter 1}


In the book of Luke 1, we find the story of Elizabeth who was to be the mother of John the Baptist.


Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron.

The bible says that both her and her husband, Zechariah, were righteous in the sight of God – observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.


Zechariah and Elizabeth were childless and unable to conceive.

In addition to that they were both very old. This looked like a very difficult and impossible situation that they were in.


One day when Zechariah had been chosen by lot to perform the priestly duties in the temple an angel of the Lord appeared to him. Although Zechariah was afraid, the angel told him to fear not and that his prayer had been heard.

The angel came to bring him a personal message concerning his private prayer.

This would have been unexpected for Zechariah. On this day of priestly duty, Zechariah would have been offering a different kind of worship to God in the temple of Lord and burning incense according to his priestly duties.


The angel said to him – “Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” (Luke 1:13).

In addition to this, the angel spoke to Zechariah about what John’s life was going to be about.


In this moment, Zechariah finds this too magnificent. Too great and too good at the same time. He is having difficulty believing what the angel has said to him.

And he asks, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” Zechariah found this to be unbelievable. From what he could see and what he knew, it all looked impossible.

The angel explains to him that he is Gabriel, who stands besides God and he has been sent by God to tell Zechariah this good news. The angel adds that because Zechariah was unable believe what the angel said to him, - he was not able to receive it or even perceive it, the angel said that Zechariah would be silent and unable to speak until the day the word of the Lord came into its fulfilment – at God’s appointed time.

Zechariah did not have the faith and confidence to simply trust God about something he had prayed about.

So, when Zechariah left the temple, he was silent, he could not speak.

He only used signs but was unable to speak with his voice.


After all this, the story from Luke 1 says that Zechariah’s wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. What seemed impossible, out of reach and impossible was coming to pass just as the angel had said to Zechariah. Elizabeth was going to have a child in her old age.


For nothing is too hard for God. No word of his can ever fail (Luke 1:37).

Elizabeth was so happy. Full of joy she praised God and said, “The Lord has done this for me, - in these days He has shown his favour and taken away my disgrace among the people.”


Lessons:

  1. We should have faith, trust and confidence in God knowing that everything he has promised us to do will come to pass. He is faithful. The word the angel spoke to Zechariah, came to reality.

  2. We should continue to believe that God will answer our prayers, even when circumstances look impossible like they did for Zechariah and Elizabeth. At the appointed time he will do for you all that he has promised you.


Question:

What have you been trusting God for that seems like it has been a long time coming?

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Pray

Dear Lord,

I thank you for all the blessings that I have in my life.

I trust you God that you are able to fulfil all your promises to me like you did for Elizabeth and Zechariah. I wait patiently knowing you are a good father to me.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen.



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