Advent Reflection #19
As Zechariah entered the temple that fateful morning, it seemed that the last thing he expected was to actually encounter God. It’s not that he didn’t believe in God – he certainly did – but to believe and to personally encounter are two very different things. Even when Zechariah was chosen to be the priest that would enter the Holy of Holies, he still wasn’t prepared for what happened.
The Angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah and told him that, like Sarai so long ago, his old and barren wife Elizabeth was to have a child. That child, moreover, would prepare the way for the Messiah. Understandably, Zechariah was incredulous. “How is this possible,” he asked? Zechariah had forgotten, you see, that for God all things are possible.
As a result of his incredulity, Zechariah is struck mute until the birth of the child. God does not leave him, but rather wants him to be able to speak up for God’s goodness. His voice is taken away so that he can use it rightly when it returns.
Should your response to God sometimes be silence?
What might God want you to use more faithfully? Your voice, your money, your life? Are you holding back from God?
Forgive us for our disbelief Lord Jesus, help us to believe.