Our story continues today in Luke 1:18-22 with Zechariah, the priest, talking with the angel Gabriel. His first words to the angel were words of doubt. He doubted God’s ability to make a child happen for he and Elizabeth. His doubting heart and words of disbelief brought condemnation from Gabriel in the form of muteness that would last until the child was born.
“Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years. 19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”
After leaving the temple, the people Zechariah met could tell he had seen a vision and realized he could not speak. Consider Elizabeth’s reaction to the impossible news, “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” Luke 1:25 By contrast Elizabeth accepted as possible the impossible since it came from God.
What is your reaction to God’s power, His plans, His blessings? Do you doubt that God can do what He promises? Do you question His plans? Do you accept His blessings with grace? God knows our hearts. There is no hiding from Him or disguising our motives, tone or real feelings. Being honest with God, brings immediate blessing and a lightness to our souls.
Where do we see God in today’s story? We definitely see God’s power to make Zechariah temporarily mute, but we also see God’s Omniscience; He is all-knowing. God knew what was in Zechariah’s heart, what his doubts were about His power and ability to make things happen as He ordained. God is Omniscient meaning He is never surprised by things that happen, He know all there is to know and nothing can or is hidden from Him. David described God’s Omniscience in Psalm 139:1-4 “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” David knew what Zechariah forgot that God knows all and can do all things. Zechariah let his human doubts cloud his judgement as he spoke with Gabriel.
As you ponder this story today, look at your heart. Is your response one of faith and trust in our Omniscient God? Be honest with God and open yourself to trust in His loving care and blessings of peace and assurance will flood your soul.