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"Good News! God can meet our waiting desires." -Word and Way Advent Devo. featuring Pastor Jason



Good News!  

God can meet our waiting desires

Today's Scripture: Luke 1:5-25, 67-79 

When Zechariah entered the temple that day, he entered as a life shaped by hope-filled waiting. 

He was a waiting Israelite who entered holding the hope of Israel's long Advent wait - that the Lord would show up and restore them again to their ancient glory. Zechariah was a waiting Israelite. 

He was a waiting priest. The opportunity for a priest to enter the holy place and make sacrifices was one that usually only came around once in a lifetime. Just as Zechariah had waited for God's mighty entrance among the people, he'd also waited his whole life to make his own entrance before God. This was the moment he'd been waiting for - as an Israelite, as a priest and as someone who'd long wanted to become a parent. 

I imagine his desire to see God as an Israelite and a priest was only surpassed by his longing to see God in the face of his own child. In spite of all their sacred striving, Elizabeth and Zechariah had never been able to conceive. By now, they probably assumed they never would. By now, the hope that had once filled their waiting was surely waning - which may be why Zechariah almost missed the Good News. 

When Zechariah finally emerged from the temple that day, he couldn't say a word. The angel had responded to his unbelief by rendering him speechless. Strangely, it was his silence that confirmed to the crowd (and probably to him as well) that something divine had just happened. Maybe there's a little wisdom in there for us as well. Maybe sometimes we're too busy speaking to hear. 

Maybe sometimes our words are muffling God's Word. 

Maybe sometimes we just need to wait in silent wonder for the advent of a new day.



This Advent devotional from Pastor Jason was featured in the Word and Way Newsletter on Monday, Dec. 8.  To learn more about Word and Way you can visit their website at wordandway.org

Posted by Kelsey Adams at 10:04 AM
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