57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
61 They said to her,“There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
Luke 1: 57-61 (NIV)
Many of us are non-confrontational and let others sway us from the course that has been set before us. Sometimes well-meaning people try to exert control over our lives that takes us off God’s path. Elizabeth knew God’s plan for her child. She had seen God at work in her life. She did not want to stray from God’s plan. Even though it conflicted with those around, she asserted God’s plan to name her baby John.
God’s plan may not make sense to everyone. Elizabeth’s neighbors and relatives did not understand God’s plan, so they thought Elizabeth should do the sensible thing and name her son after his father. That is logical, if you do not know God’s plan. John was the forerunner to Jesus. He prepared the way for the greatest gift God has given. John means, “Jehovah is a gracious giver” (Strong’s number G2491, www.blueletterbible.org). Knowing God’s plan, John is a logical choice. This does not mean we should make poor choices in the name of God. It means relying on God’s wisdom over man’s wisdom will give us the best results.
As we follow God’s path for our lives, let’s not let simple mistakes cause us to stray from God’s path. Let’s stand for God’s plan, even if those close to us disagree, and stand for God’s plan, even if it does not make sense to man. Simply stay on God’s path.
Tomorrow's reading is Luke 1:57-61.