And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” Luke 1:18-25
I bet there are a lot of wives out there thinking when they read today’s verses, “so Elizabeth’s husband couldn’t talk, what else is new”. Men tend to not be as talkative as women. To the question “How was your day?” “Fine” is usually the answer. But in Zachariah’s case is was a lot more than the male reticence to talk, Zachariah had not believed God’s messenger when the news about John was delivered.
When we ignore God or disbelieve God there is always a consequence we have to pay. It will not normally be something as readily apparent as not being able to speak but rest assured there will be consequences. Now the earthly consequences may not be readily apparent or seen to be minor but the eternal consequences can be major. They will determine where we spend eternity.
When God tells us something we need to believe Him. God keeps His promises, not some times, not most of the times but He keeps His promises every time. He has never gone back on a promise and He never will. From Adam to Abraham all the way down to us He is faithful in His promises. When we doubt Him, when we disbelieve Him there will be some consequence we will pay. But no matter our doubts. No matter how many times we doubt, God will keep His promises to us. We can even turn away from Him and He will still keep His promises to us. His is a promise we can bank on.
Have a blessed day,