Scripture Reading: Luke 1:5-7 (New International Version)

In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.
Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well on in years.

Thought for the day:

“Why do bad things happen to good people?” If you’re like me, you’ve heard this question many, many times. Frequently we hear of great people being struck down with illness or being victims of bad circumstances. People often say that life’s not fair and many ask the question “Where was God?”. Well, in all honesty, I don’t really have an answer and these verses seem to back up the argument. Zechariah and Elizabeth were from a good family (both priestly ancestry) and it’s clear that God agreed that they really were good people. They were upright in His sight and followed the law blamelessly. However, the last verse throws in something that is tough to understand. In the New Testament culture, it was normal to expect children. Back then, people didn’t choose whether to have children. Heirs were expected and if this wasn’t possible, the woman was stigmatised. Elizabeth couldn’t have children when she was younger and because they were now old, hope seemed to have gone of ever having children. Good people, bad things.

In the other devotions this week, I’ve been encouraging you to take a new stance in faith. To go beyond what we see with our eyes and to raise our gaze to the God of the impossible. Somehow, God did something impossible in Elizabeth’s life. Please note that God was always with her, He was always part of her life. He chose this particular time to do something extraordinary. Please take heart from this scripture and place your faith in this same God. Trust him in the bad times. Praise Him in the storms of life. Rejoice in His greatness when logic will have you despair. Hope in God. Bad things happen to good people. But God is always there. We just don’t know what He has in store tomorrow, or, in the case of Elizabeth, in 9 months time!

Prayer and Application:

Think about friends or family that are going through hard times at the moment. Are you struggling to see God in their circumstance? Pray in faith that God will manifest something of His greatness.