I have really loved Mary and Zechariah’s songs of praise. Today is the last portion of Zechariah’s.
Luke 1:76-80 “And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.
The beginning of Zechariah’s song, verse 67, says, “His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied.” The power of God came upon him and filled him with God’s Spirit and knowledge so that he was able to tell of events in the future for his young infant son. He said his son would be called a prophet for Almighty God, would tell others of the coming Messiah, and he also revealed the reason the Messiah was coming. Only God would know these things- His timing of events and His purpose. Only God could send a redeemer to bring us from darkness into His light, guide us in the way of peace and save us. John lived and did just as his father prophesied. You can read about John’s ministry in the gospels and how he fulfilled in every detail what had been prophesied about him.
What does this revelation from Zechariah tell us about God? God is Omniscient or all-knowing. God is never surprised, as He knows all there is to know. God knows the past and the future; He know every person even before we are born. He knows the number of our days and all the plans He has for us. He knows what every person thinks, feels, says and does. Only God knows the choices people would make if their circumstances were different. Nothing is hidden from God, as only God knows all things. God knew all about John and what He had planned for his life. John was obedient to God’s call and fulfilled the purpose God had for his life.
What about you? Do you believe in the Omniscience of God? Do you trust Him to guide you and fulfill His purpose for your life? Knowing and beliving in the Omniscience of God is essential to our walk of faith. Jeremiah 29:11 holds a promise for us to cling to as we depend upon the omniscience of God. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Take that leap of faith today and put your total trust in Jesus. He has you in the palm of His hand!
Learning to lean on the Omniscience of God more each day,