-“What did God tell Elizabeth and Zechariah?”
He told them that they would have a baby.
-“What did Zechariah believe?”
He questioned God, and didn’t believe he and his wife would have a baby in their older age.
Luke 1:18, 20 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”
-“What did Elizabeth believe?”
She trusted in God, that she would have a baby.
-“What happened to Zechariah?”
Because of his doubt, God wouldn’t let him talk until he named his baby, John.
Luke 1:20 But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”
**ANOTHER COUPLE THAT GOT ME THINKING, Mary & Joseph**
-“What happened to Mary?”
She would become pregnant with Jesus”
Luke 1:34-38 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
***It is my thought that Mary might have asked for clarification on how she could become pregnant since she was a virgin. I think any woman would wonder, since that is unheard of for the rest of the human race. At the end of their talk, Mary quickly declared being the Lord’s servant.
-“Did Joseph believe that Mary was pregnant with Jesus?”
No, he was hurt.
Matthew 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
-“What changed Joseph’s mind?”
God sent an angel to tell Joseph what had happened.
FACT. Elizabeth knew she would carry a baby, while her husband, Zechariah had doubt.
FACT. Mary was pregnant and Joseph was ready to call off their marriage, he was hurt.
Both Joseph and Zechariah had a hard time believing what the ladies in their lives believed and told them. They loved them dearly, but had doubts about something they told them that seemed impossible.
I would have loved to be a fly on the wall and listened to these two women and their never doubting faith. They knew what God planned for them. Elizabeth and Zechariah disagreed, but Elizabeth stayed true to her belief and never wavered.
The same with faithful Mary. She knew, without a doubt, that she would give birth to Christ.
While Joseph and Zechariah disagreed with their ladies, Mary and Elizabeth stated what they knew God had told them.
God gave each of us different strengths and completely different upbringings. In any relationship, each person brings different life experiences and wisdom to the table.
When we think our way is the only way, we limit ourselves in learning something from God. Other people have life experiences and wisdom that they have been given. God often uses the people in our lives to lead us in the right direction.
I love the way both, Mary & Elizabeth kept their faith and they never punished the men in their lives for not understanding right away.
Elizabeth gave Zechariah an opportunity to hear from God. He was also able to learn that his wife is close to God and hears Him as well. The same with Mary and Joseph. Mary let God take care of showing Joseph the path for their lives.
Sounds simple, but I know it will be hard for me to get out of the way. It will be hard for me to focus only on telling MY thoughts and MY opinions, while validating the other person and their opinions.
It’s going to take a Heart Change, for me to stay quite and hear my spouse, my friend, my kids, or anyone. I say I don’t have all the answers, but I’m I living that truth? Am I willing to be still and listen?
My heart is a work in progress with this one! I won’t ever be perfect at this, but I’m going to make the effort for my friends and loved ones!
Until next time, speak up and respect each other.