Luke 1

Posted November 12th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

This time of year, as I prepare for speaking engagements, I love to read and reread the beginning of the book of Luke about the birth of Jesus…pondering every word. Every scene is filled with the supernatural ways of God.  Gabriel, one of God’s chief Heavenly angels, brings a message of “preparation” and message of “salvation” to earth.

Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and to Mary, divulging part of God’s divine plan originating from the beginning. Prepare, for your redemption is near.

Zechariah, an old man, questioned Gabriel’s message that Elizabeth, who was well past child-bearing years, would give birth to a son, named John.

And the angel answered him,

I am Gabriel.

I stand in the presence of God,

and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.

And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place,

because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.  

Luke 1:19-20

Zechariah was struck deaf and mute...he could not hear nor speak.  Seems harsh?  Seems odd?  Think about it this way…a gracious rebuke.

Sometimes muteness, silence, is golden for no words are adequate. We try convincing, cajoling, coaxing…to no avail. No words were adequate, so God closed Zechariah’s mouth.

Sometimes deafness, silence, is golden for you are spared the mocking, questioning, doubting words of others. “Are you sure that is what God said?”  That still small voice made clearer, easier to hear.

Zechariah’s muteness and deafness was a gracious rebuke. For 9 months, he was a captive audience to the only One who can adequately prepare… heart, mind and mouth.

As we start preparing for all the holiday activities, ask the Lord to graciously rebuke empty and pointless words and ways. Ask yourself…what am I preparing for?  Hopefully that answer is…a King.

Lord fill our ears with your words and drown out the vain, empty influences of the world. Please shut our mouths at appropriate times. Thank you for your tender mercies of gracious rebukes!

Happy Saturday my friends!

xo   leah

p.s…..renovation pics SOON!!



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