There is a well-known story in Luke 1:5-25 about the situation surrounding the birth of John the Baptist. Here is a very short summary:
- Elizabeth and Zechariah were righteous. They loved, served, and followed the Lord. They were upright people who were living without blame. (Luke 1:6)
- They were old and had never had any children. This was difficult – a real struggle. It affected how they were viewed by others because they had no heir and no one to take care of them in old age. This was both heart-breaking and embarrassing.
- But remember, they were right with God. They did not blame Him. They were not angry with Him. But they did pray to Him. (Luke 1:13) An angel speaks to Zechariah and tells him that “his prayers will be answered.” They trusted that, even though they were too old for childbirth, God could give them a child. This prayer was probably on their lips for decades, but they did not give up.
- In the end, they became pregnant and Elizabeth said, “The Lord has done this for me. He has looked with favor in these days to take away my disgrace among the people.” (Luke 1:25)
They had a problem and they trusted God anyway.
The problem continued and they trusted God anyway.
The problem went from difficult to impossible and they trusted God anyway.
They accepted the reality that they might have to deal with this problem forever and they trusted God anyway.
Do you see the theme? (Hint: It’s that they trusted God anyway.)
Why would they trust in a God who saw their problem and didn’t do anything about it for so long? Because they knew who He was. Proverbs 1 tells us that the fear of God is the foundation of wisdom and knowledge. They knew that God was bigger, wiser, greater, kinder, and stronger than anyone else – including them. They understood something that we often forget and that is that God always knows best. He always knows best.
If God had determined that they should be childless for life, they could accept that because it was God’s design. And their patience and trust was not in vain. God gave a great gift. The angel said in Luke 1: 13-16:
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John.
There will be joy and delight for you,and many will rejoice at his birth.
For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb.
He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God.
Look at that. Not only would they have a son, but he would be a joy and delight. He would cause many to rejoice. He would be filled with the Spirit of God before even being born. He would turn many people to the Lord. Wow! But it gets better. The next verse says:
17 And he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.
John was to come before Jesus. He was going to make people ready for the Lord Himself. Even more wow!
The time here was crucial. Had John been born when Zechariah and Elizabeth were young, it would have been too early. God had the perfect plan to give them a son who would come at just the right time to be a part of God’s plan to save the world.
Their perspective was proved right. God’s plan was perfect and worth the wait.
I am encouraging you to have the same perspective in your life. No matter what is going on, trust God anyway. You know that He will always come through with the best plan if you are seeking, serving, loving, and following Him. His plan will end in joy and delight because He is the source of those things.
Elizabeth said, “The Lord has done this for me. He has looked with favor in these days to take away my disgrace among the people.”
God said to you, ““Anyone who trusts in Me will never be disgraced.” (Romans 10:11)
Trust in the Lord. Trust in the Lord. No matter what. In his wisdom, He will do what is best at the best time because He is the best. In your trials, trust him anyway.