Mourning Into Dancing

“And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. (Luke 1:6-7)

How could this be? They were righteous and blameless according to the law, but Elizabeth was barren. I am sure they were the talk of the town. The were older and they had no children. Surely one of them had sinned or they had done something evil. They were stricken with barrenness, after all. But that was not the case. God was about to do a great work in and through them. God was about to turn their mourning into dancing.

There is a certain point in life when we just don’t believe that it is going to happen. We have lived a while. We understand that we are simply not going to be blessed. We know that God has decided to give the blessings to others and not to us. We get so bound to it that we just accept it and move on.

It is evident that Zacharias had done so. When the angel told him that he would have a son, he didn’t believe it. So he was silenced. He only received his voice again when Elizabeth gave birth to a healthy baby boy — John, the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah. What a great honor this couple had! Out of their poverty came great riches!

Their son, their blessing of blessings, became the one that would herald the coming of the long awaited Messiah!

Don’t give up hope. Are you in the place of despair? Will God bless or not? Look for the blessings of God. Expect them. Not because you deserve them, but because God is gracious. Expect to be blessed becasue that is the nature of God. Then be ready to speak and to sing of the joy that God has brought!

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