74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
It took a minute for Zechariah to get on board with what the angel Gabriel was telling him. Earlier in Luke Chapter One the angel foretells the birth of John the Baptist and asks Zechariah to trust him and have no fear. But Zechariah was afraid and he said so. He questioned angel Gabriel and lost the ability to speak for his doubting. But when the time came to name the baby, Zechariah wrote down the name John with confidence and obedience to the Angel’s instructions.
This story challenges me to consider the concept of fear getting in the way of faith. Of knowing what God wants of me and never doubting the love and support that the Lord offers his obedient children. Zechariah’s Song, the second part of which is written above, shows that his time of silence helped Zechariah come around to the idea that there is no place for fear in our relationship with God. Filled with the Holy Spirit he steps with two feet into a foretelling of the divine role his baby John would play in offering salvation to the people of God.
When I consider if I am on the path God has laid out for me, I must remember that fear and doubts interfere with my destiny. Just as Zechariah had a time in silence to come to an understanding of God’s will, so must I take sacred time to shed fear and embrace God’s desires.
Lord, as advent descends this month, help me to spend time with you. Help me to let go of doubts and fears and embrace all you want for me to experience.