In Luke Chapter 1, we meet Zacharias the priest, whom the angel Gabriel appeared to, to tell him that he would be the father of John the Baptist. Notice the first thing that Gabriel says to Zacharias in Luke 1:13, “Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard….”
This was a wonderful thing – an answer to prayer! I wonder how often over the years that Zacharias and Elisabeth had prayed and begged God for a child, and now, their prayer was being gloriously answered!
But when the prayer was answered, and Gabriel brought the good news, Zacharias wouldn’t believe it! The fulfilment of his prayer was finally coming about, and he was going to be used by God to bring into the world the very forerunner of Christ – the voice of one crying in the wilderness to declare that the Messiah has come!
Yet, when the messenger of God – Gabriel himself – told him the good news – he made the excuse, “for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.”
People all over the world sit in lonely darkness because they will not believe that God will do what He said. Perhaps working for acceptance, or seeking answers in education, maybe looking for fulfilment in substances or relationships, they just don’t believe that salvation is a free gift of God – not of works; simply something that you turn to Christ to receive.
Or, perhaps, as a Christian, you sit, longing to be blessed and used by God, but when He shows you through His Word what the next step is, you make excuses, like Zacharias, “I’m too old,” or, “I’m too young;” “I’m too poor,” or, “I’m too busy.”
What it all comes down to is – not believing God; not believing that He can provide a way; not believing that He can take care of the details; not believing that His way is best, and that He knows more than we do.
God’s promise came true. John the Baptist was born. He was the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” And the One that John spoke about, the Son of God, also came, born in a manger to grow up and shed his perfect blood to pay the penalty for our sin. Do you know the Saviour? Have you been born again?