Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
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. 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.”
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
Why did Zechariah respond the way he did to the angel’s news about his coming son?
Has there been a time in my life when God has spoken to me, either through his Word, another person, or an impression in my spirit? How did I respond?
What words come to mind as I think about what it was like for Zechariah to be unable to speak during the duration of Elizabeth’s pregnancy?
What would it be like for me to be unable to speak to anyone as I awaited the one thing I’d been wanting my whole life?
God, I am often just like Zechariah, wanting proof and assurance that it is you at work in a particular circumstance in my life. Help me to know your voice and respond without delay or doubt. I know you are capable of accomplishing the impossible, I have seen it with my own eyes. In the rest of my days, Father, I pray that as I await what you have promised, I turn to you first with every thought, every worry, and every word of thanksgiving.