Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Here, who is the blessed person? The woman who believed is the blessed person. Those who believe are the once who are blessed. What does ‘to believe’ mean ? It means to believe on the things which had never happened before. Earlier we had the faith, but now we see the promise which we believed , come into pass. So if we believe now, we will see the promise tomorrow. If we just have a dream today, it will come to pass tomorrow. Believe what the Lord has said, because whatever He has said, will be accomplished. Amen! May the Lord Almighty speak to you
The angel of the Lord appeared to two different persons in two different times and gave each, two seemingly impossible promises. He appeared first to the priest Zacharias and said that his prayer was heard, and that his wife, Elizabeth would bear a child. But the priest who had a good experience in the ministry, doubted the word of God. This same angel appeared to Mary and said a seemingly impossible promise, which had never happened before in the history. Yet, Mary believed and was blessed, but the priest was mute for nine months. There were only two instances when Jesus marveled. He ‘marveled’ seeing the faith of the centurion and secondly, He ‘marveled ‘ when He saw the disbelief of the people. Is God ‘marveled’ today by seeing our faith or disbelief? Let us ask ourselves.
Luke 1:6-20– Let us study the life of Zacharias and the confirmation he had received from the angel of the Lord. This man was righteous, not only before men, but also before God. He walked blameless in all commandments and ordinances of the Lord . One day, according to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense. Indeed, if you are appointed by God, it means that the lot has fallen on you. It is not a church or any man who makes the lot fall on any person, but it’s the Lord who chooses and appoints His anointed.
Not everyone who is called is chosen. But when the God’s lot falls on someone, then he is separated for some task. God separated Abraham, Moses, David, Samson, Paul, Peter etc. While Zacharias was standing on the right side of the altar of incense, the angel of the Lord appeared to him. Seeing him, Zacharias was troubled…In other words, Zacharias had not expected the angel’s appearance. He was doing the duty of a priest as a custom, and did not expect anything new from the Lord…Are we doing the same? Do we expect anything different when we come into the presence of God? Or are we fulfilling some customs and practices by singing some songs and hearing the preacher preaching? Let us expect something new whenever we are in His presence. The first words of angel was “Fear not, Zacharias; for thy prayer is heard”. People know the preacher, but heaven knows a prayerful man. No where in the bible is mentioned that Zacharias was a prayerful man, but the angel addressed him by saying that his prayer was heard. It is for sure that both Zacharias and Elizabeth prayed for a child since long years, but in the due time, Lord gave them an answer to their prayers. The answer of our prayer might tarry, but let us not lose heart while praying, because we will receive answers of each and every petition in His time. Zacharias received great confirmation about the child, but at the end, he did not believe. We also do likewise. We see great visions and confirmation from our Lord, but at the end, we doubt His word. Even this experienced man of God, who walked in the commandments of God, who knew the case of Abraham and Sarah, doubted God’s promise. Zacharias said to the angel, “whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.” But the reply of Gabriel was interesting. Verse 19, ‘.. and the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stands in the presence of God”…In other words, he was saying “Zacharias, you stand before men who change their promises, but I stand before the ONE who does not change His promise” . This Man of God was dumb for nine months because he did not believe the word of God. For John, the Baptist to take birth in that house, the doubting father had to keep his mouth shut. Are you a doubting believer in your church ? Are you a doubting husband or wife ? If yes, let us learn from this…Even if Zacharias would have received greater confirmation of the promise, he would have still looked with his physical eyes and doubted the word of God.
God does not work as per our situations…Even though the door is closed, He can come in. Even though the boat is sinking in the midst of a turbulent sea, He can walk on waters to reach the sinking boat, and even though the situation is stinking since four days, He can raise up.
Now, let us look as to how Mary reacted after hearing the word of God.
Luke 1: 30-38The angel of the Lord said to Mary who was espoused to a man that she would conceive a Son. This had never happened in the history of mankind. That’s why Mary doubted initially. But when the angel of the Lord cleared her doubts, and showed her the sign of her aged cousin Elisabeth, who had conceived a son, Mary believed the word of God and received the promise. Indeed, Mary believed on something which had never happened before. It is easy to believe on something which has occurred earlier, but it’s hard to believe on something which had never occurred before. Noah did not know the definition of rain, yet he believed and so he was saved. As I mentioned before, is God marveled by seeing our faith or by our unbelief? May this message ask us a question within us.
May God bless you!