|Time Of Christ: Faithful People
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
This morning as I think of the price of life is sometimes painful. One does not always get everything in life that they want. Yet one is told if they work hard they can achieve anything. Zacharias and his wife had no children. Had they long for them scripture really does not say, beyond the fact they were old. We know that they were righteous people. They were God ordained people for Zacharias and Elizabeth both came from the priestly line. The were righteous by faith, but not by their ancestry. Zacharias was from line a priest divided by David and placed in the 8th order and Elizabeth from the line of Aaron.
Faith never guarantee you would have everything when you wanted it or desired it. Children were perhaps furthers thing from Elizabeth and Zacharias mind when an angel would appear to him. After all Elizabeth and Zacharias were said to be old and Elizabeth past child bearing. The need to bear a child was important to carry on the family line. It meant your family line was cut off not have children and or a boy.
Those that know the story of Luke one know Elizabeth does have a child name John the Baptist and she conceives in old age. Yet for many years Elizabeth had to accept Godís way of making them wait. Perhaps she even given up hope except for the promise of the story of Sarah who had Isaac in old age. Faith is kind of strange it is like having the hope of what someone else might of gained, knowing the possibility, but never knowing if it would happen to you. It like healing. One hopes if they have incurable disease God will do a miracle, yet never knowing if God will. If God knows the desire of our heart why does he not grant it. In the story of John the Baptist, Elizabeth desire for a child is finally granted. Healing comes several ways, a cure is found, a miracle happens or death occurs and you go home to be with Jesus in his timetable not yours. Yet is not the desire of healing coming to pass with faith. Adoption, fostering, and natural conception all can be apart of faith in having a child. Whether natural part of a tree or unnatural part of tree line. Your family is not define by birth parents, only defined by love.
Elizabeth would conceive a child, but there many women today without children. Some by choice and some waiting to long to hunt down Mr. Right do to career choice and education or location. Yet even so women still have a family by either divine intervention, or finding one. Divine intervention does not happen often. Yet no reason not to hope. Yet one has to face reality when it beyond child bearing years. No Elizabeth perhaps still thought of Sarah. Yet it not reality for most and the adoption or fostering might be to overwhelming to try to form a family because of income. Yet God has ways of working that out too sometimes and then other times a womanís heart is broken. Yet there always children around that need an extra adult in their life.
Godís plan for each and everyone of us is different. God ordain Elizabeth and Zacharias to have the forerunner of Christ. He ordain them, not just to be parents but to raise him in the wilderness. Elizabeth and Zacharias may of gotten o raise their son, but he would die in his thirties, because of words spoken about the the kingís brotherís wife. God orders the preaching of His word it must be carried out. The beheading of John, Jesus own words were that one must decrease so he could increase.
Godís miracles are for the increase of spiritual growth. Godís divine intervention in oneís life is for spiritual growth of you and someone watching. God does things on his timetable not ours. Yet doors are open His way. God does not open doors that one can not handle by oneself or with the help and strength of the Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father has you grant each person the desires of their heart may it be according to your will in their life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
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Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Romans 4:19-22 KJV
(19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:
(20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
(21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
(22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.