December 8, 2022

It’s Never Too Late for God

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing is impossible with God—Luke 1:36-37

For Insight

We might call Elizabeth and Zechariah a “power couple.” These two devout people, righteous and holy, played a big part in the Christmas story. Not quite as old as Abraham and Sarah, but still past the time in life where it was likely they were going to have children of their own. Long past the time they thought they would hear the pitter-patter of little feet around the house. Elizabeth and Zechariah might remind us of how God blessed Job at the end of so many painful  losses. “God blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12). We are never too old to experience a blessing from the Lord; something brand new, unexpected, and amazing.

Elizabeth and Zechariah remind us we should never count God out and that God can do whatever he wants, in whatever way he wants to accomplish his purposes. Their story is a good one to revisit when we have subconsciously resolved something is not going to happen for us, when we are giving up on God, on dreams, on desires.

Just like God had preserved and prepared Sarah’s womb for Isaac, God had preserved and prepared Elizabeth’s womb for John the Baptist and he could not have been born one year, one month sooner, one day sooner than he was and have everything come out the way God planned and purposed. The timing of Elizabeth’s pregnancy and John’s birth was purposed. John had a purpose to fulfill. He was to be the one who would go ahead of Jesus and prepare the way.

Have you thought about your own life and purpose and why God’s timing has been the way it is in your life? It’s something to think about and can make all the difference whether you are filled with resentment, sadness, confusion, disappointment, or whether you have that peace and are still living with expectancy, because you know God’s timing is perfect and all things line up with his purposes and plans for your life.

Lord, I don’t always understand your timing. You wait when I think you should proceed. You stop when I think you should keep going. you are silent when I think you should speak up. Let me know your peace and accept your timing because its perfect. Amen

Christmas Mindfulness

Review your life with the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah in mind and what you have been waiting on God to accomplish in your own life.

Read Luke 1:57-66

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