Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him. Luke 1:57-66
People knew John was special from the time he was born. Actually a few knew he was special before he was born. After all not many barren women of advanced age get pregnant. But at John’s circumcision his father Zechariah who had not spoken a word for over nine months suddenly is able to speak again. What caused this sudden return of speech; it was Zechariah’s acknowledgement of what Gabriel had told them before the pregnancy.
Even those who follow God run the risk of punishment when we disobey God. Most of the time that punishment is self-inflicted as when our conscience bothers us because of something we have done or not done. Other times God will allow Satan to inflict us. Then there are times when it seems we have gotten away with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. We get away with nothing. God sees all that we do. But the Good News is that whatever punishment we may receive it is only temporary.
Even though we disobey or question God He never abandons His people. God has promised those who believe and follow Him eternal life. He will never go back on that promise. We can ask the same question of every child born, what then will this child be? A follower of God or one that chooses their own path out of the light? John was set apart from before he was born to be God’s servant. But he had a choice, all of us do. John chose to follow God. We also have that same choice, to follow God or not.
Have a blessed day,