(5-20) Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
This Scripture passage tells us that Zechariah and Elizabeth were both righteous before God and walked blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. Despite being Godly people, however, they did not have a child. It is likely that they prayed repeatedly for a child to be given them because when the angel Gabriel appears before Zechariah, the angel says “your prayer has been heard.” Zechariah and Elizabeth might have wondered why God took so long to answer their prayer. Perhaps there were times when they doubted if He even heard them. They were doing all the right times, yet they were not blessed with what they desired the most.
Not having something we need, want, or desire, is not always a result of having sin in our lives. God has His own timing for giving us the things we pray for. Do not interpret a delayed as a “no” answer from God. A deferred promise does not mean a denied promise.
Favorite verse: (13) But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.”