Because you did not believe

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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6 Responses to Because you did not believe

  1. Very True David, God does keeps all His promises , as an example not being Born in the flesh with them, when we ask for The Holy Spirit and God’s wisdom, He promises us we will receive them but He warns us to believe we have.

    Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

    I don’t know why you think woman talk more than men David, of course we don’t unless of course we have something to say and than yes we will say it and no doubt you will agree we have to than cover all the points and if needed enlarge on them and also add important facts as well and because it is also needed we have to explain these too, which of course can lead to other points and if questions are asked than it is rude for us not to respond with knowledge of what is being asked about and of course this may….. I really don’t understand David why you think woman talk a lot Lol!

    Good message, thank you David – Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, thanks again for your comments. I guess my thoughts on who talks the most is from experience. I tend to be a bit closed mouthed. Or at least that is what I have been told 🙂

  3. dwwork says:

    I think that difference may be God’s joke on us or His punishment. Some days I think one other days the other.

  4. No God doesn’t punish us David or treat us as a joke, we punish ourselves and others and this is not funny and but Satan laughs at us.

    God said everything He made was very good but we have different Roles and we are created for the Role we have, we need each other. Even though Adam had a close relationship with God, He still said it was not good for Adam to be alone and we also need the Body of Christ, we all have our part to do in Unity, it is not just U it is US!.

    Blessings – Anne

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