62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.
Luke 1:62-66 (NIV)
Zechariah got his voice back after silence for his wife’s entire pregnancy. He had questioned God and doubted God’s power to miraculously cause his barren wife to become pregnant. He had nine months to think about God’s Word to him, nine months to quietly consider God’s plan. Now the crowd, who had been pressuring his wife to stray from God’s plan, asks him what he thought. He sticks with God’s plan. Miraculously, his mouth was opened and he could talk again. The people were amazed! God’s power was shown, and everyone knew this family had been blessed.
Yesterday, we looked at two simple ways we are pressured to stray from God’s plan. Zechariah and Elizabeth followed God’s plan despite these pressures. God proved them to be in the right through a miraculous sign and He honored them. Because of God’s sign, everyone knew their son was blessed and destined for greatness. God will do the same for us. Our job is to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and know the Word of God, so we can know we are sticking God’s plan. If we stick with God, He will stick with us. Godly choices will be proven right.
Tomorrow's reading is Luke 1:67-69.