December 2nd – Our God Remembers

Luke 1:5 – 15

In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

It was an exciting day for Zechariah, a once in a lifetime opportunity. However, Zechariah’s deepest desire was yet to be fulfilled. His whole life he had dreamt of cradling a son in his arms, but now that dream lay dormant. As Zechariah stepped behind the veil, his prayers turned to the nation that was oppressed and broken. Suddenly through the smoke he saw a majestic angel, “Don’t fear, Zechariah. Your prayer has been heard…”(Luke 1:13 MSG) The actual wording here is more correctly translated ‘the prayer you no longer pray, has been heard and answered’. Zechariah’s heart’s desire intersected with God’s plans for a nation.

Sometimes we wrongly believe that God has forgotten us, when in reality He is aligning His plan for our lives with His greater purpose. What dream have you given up on because it is too painful to keep dreaming it might be possible? Zechariah means ‘Yahweh Remembers’. This Advent be assured God has not forgotten you! Today you are one step closer to the fulfilment of those God given dreams.

Joe Gisbey