Summary – Reflection – Prayer
While Walking it Out
Context: Luke 1: 1-80
Focus: Luke 1: 18-22
“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.”
Luke 1: 18-20
When there is Doubt
Do not Speak
When Zachariah did not believe the Word from the Lord, the angel, Gabriel struck him mute. It would seem to be a harsh thing, yet it was imperative the Word of God be received through faith and belief. (Romans 10: 5-13, Hebrews 11:1, Numbers 23:19)
God’s Word is Truth and when speaking the Truth the seed of promise is sown in belief and results in the promise being fulfilled according to God’s purpose. But when unbelief concerning God’s Word is spoken, it sows doubt and confusion, working against the promise of God’s purpose. Nevertheless, God’s promises which are purposed can not be changed, nondependent on man’s faithfulness, but only God’s. Yet when doubt comes and is “spoken” strife develops instead of God’s peace for the one in disbelief.
So it is better to remain mute when doubting God’s Word, rather than to speak.
While sowing God’s Word by speaking it, whether or not, it is seen, heard or felt, will surely bring about spiritual eternal blessings to all who hear the Word of God and believe it.
(Matthew 13: 1-23, Luke 6: 46-49)