Becoming a disciple: Learning when to shut up

Scripture – Luke 1:20

 “And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

Observation

Zechariah couldn’t speak for over 9 months. He couldn’t tell his wife about his encounter with the Archangel Gabriel, he couldn’t shout for joy when they found out they were pregnant, he couldn’t even repent out loud for his foolishness.

There are always consequences to our actions. Even when good things are ahead for us, we can’t skip the results of our words and deeds. James chapter 1 tells us to be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to get angry.

Especially when things seem absurd or impossible, it is best to keep schtum (mouth shut) and not say or do the thing that first comes into our head. Zechariah is a perfect example of what not to do.

Application

Zechariah was pretty cynical. Even to an angel. He was looking at what he was being told through the science-governed lens, not a faith-filled lens.

I need to continue to look at every situation with the lens of faith and hope that God is bigger, God is better and God has promised.

I want the faith and innocence of Mary, not Zechariah.

Prayer

Father, give me a pure heart and a child-like faith today. You are such a good dad. Thank you for the children you have given me – teaching me every day to be like you. I am your son, now and forever. In Jesus’ incredible name, amen.

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