This leads us to the question of how conditional love. Will you continue to serve the Lord in spite of not receiving an answer to specific request that you made in faith? If so, what do you do when you have done all that the pastor instructed for you to do, when you have prayed, fasted, believed but still have not received an answer? Will you continue to serve the Lord or just throw him away? We learn from Luke that this couple continued to love and serve the Lord in spite of not receiving their answer. As you serve the Lord you will learn that He has his own timing. You cannot hurry the Lord. For as he speaks to Noah in the book of Genesis, “as long as the earth remains, there will be seed, time, and harvest”. For Solomon wrote, “there is a time and season for everything under sun”. And as Job wrote, “though he slay me, yet will I serve him”.
The book of Luke informs us that this couple was righteous in God’s sight. Righteous means that you are in alignment with God’s standard of right. For God does have a standard or a code of conduct for his people. His code of conduct produces life – ever lasting life and is for your good and not for your harm. When you are in alignment with his standard of right you are in his Will. And being in his will affords you to have access to all that He has prepared for you. His preparations are known as blessings. His blessings are translated as favor bestowed upon. His favor comes in many forms: healing, peace, love, faithfulness, abundance in every aspect of life, and good success. For as Jesus spoke to his disciples, “if you abide in me and my words abide in you, you may ask what you will”. And God will answer you. In my own experience, when God answers you it may come as a “God thought”. I refer to it as a God thought because the idea did not come to you until after you prayed about the situation. The answer may come from another person/organization bestowing gifts or opportunities to you. Or it could come in the way that he did for Zachariah and Elizabeth, he sent one of his heavenly messengers. In my opinion, one reason why it appears that this form doesn’t occur with the frequency that it occurred in the bible is that in this generation is that there is a lack of faith. For faith accesses God’s power. If you don’t believe you will not please the Lord and you in essence reject him. When you reject him you show that you love evil and darkness. And light cannot co-exist with darkness. For there are many people who love the Lord but refuse to believe in certain aspects of his kingdom and his word. But this is a lesson for another day.
As for Zachariah and Elizabeth, their answer was sent to them in their old age. But once the answer to their prayer was made, Zachariah not Elizabeth doubted. Isn’t that amazing, once you receive the answer to your prayer you can still doubt God because you may not know how he will or has produced it. Doubt is dangerous because it blocks what God has for us. Doubt is like that friend of yours who no matter what you say always questions or “throws shade” on anything good. This produces uncertainty. Doubt is so strong that the messenger that was sent was given the power to close Zachariah’s mouth so that this infection would not spread to Elizabeth.
What we can learn from this account is to hold on to our confessions of faith without wavering. Whatever you have prayed to God about, in faith, and in line with his will, hold onto it. Don’t let the evil one still your faith. For faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain. For by faith the very worlds were created. For by faith, men and women of old saw loved ones raised from the dead, children born to the barren, cities and armies overrun.
Well until next time, the words that we speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.
This blog was based off of Minister John C. Hopkins message.