Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Advent: But Are You Ready?

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 answered, "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 proper time." (Luke 1:18-20 NIV)

Zechariah, the priest, has been praying, (apparently for a child [see v13]). God's messenger comes to personally deliver the message that they will have a child.

And now the priest does not believe.

This challenges me to be ready for God to answer what I have requested.

Have I asked for God to make me more like Him, only to find the process is painful?

Have I asked God for patience, only to find it requires me to be patient?

Have I asked for God to make me more loving, but chaffed at the thought of having to love and forgive those who have offended me?

Have I testified that I want to be more like Jesus, only to discover being like Jesus can be hard work?

I can really empathize with this poor man. How 'bout you?

Grace & peace

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