Pastor Tim Romero
Luke 1:18–20 (ESV): 18 And Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." 19 And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time."
What if an angel appeared to you and spoke a prophetic word over your life, what would you do? Most of us would doubt it was real. Welcome to team Zechariah. Gabriel didn't sell him on the answered prayer of the promise of a child so he silenced him for 9 months. That's one way to deal with doubt I guess. Lol.
Zechariah, a descendent of the tribe of Levi, was a priest during the days of Herod. His wife Elizabeth was barren and they were both "advanced in years" when Zechariah was chosen by lot to offer incenses to the Lord in the temple. Gabriel appeared to him and said "your prayer has been heard", the Lord will give you a baby boy and he will be great before the Lord. Zechariah asked for a sign as he was doubting the promise due to their ages. Gabriel gave him a sign, he made him mute until John (the baptized) was born.
Have you ever doubted a promise God has given you even after you have prayed for it? If so, none of us probably became mute as a result. We must learn to take God at His word when He answers our prayer with a promise, and trust Him! Don't ask for a sign, don't lay out a fleece, take Him at His word. It will serve you well all the days of your life to learn the lesson of taking God at His word, amen?
Father, we praise You for being so good to us. You are faithful to answer our prayers. Help us to never doubt how you answer them. We can trust You at Your word through the grave thus we can trust You for everything while we remain on this earth. May we believe and lean on every word that proceeds from Your mouth we pray in Jesus' name, amen!