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Z is for Zachariah

The Watered Soul: Z is for Zachariah

Apr 30, 2010

Z is for Zachariah

Well before getting some zzz's for the night, I thought I'd actually write a post to finalize the A-Z Challenge. On this round, Z is for Zachariah, who was married to Elizabeth. There story is found in Luke 1. As I read through this particular chapter, a few things stood out to me.

Zachariah and Elizabeth were described as being righteous and walking blameless before the Lord. Yet they found themselves lacking something in their lives that they had dearly wanted. On an ordinary day as Zachariah was serving in the house of God, he had a divine visitation bringing news that not only had his prayers been heard but now would be answered. Yet Zachariah was fearful and in doubt. Which tells me that you can be serving in ministry in the house of God, the place where God is suppose to be, but be surprise when He actually shows up. Could it be that we're often going through the motion of things without real expectation of God making an appearance in our personal lives?

The angel was bringing him the answer to their prayers, which quite possibly had long been forgotten since their condition (Elizabeth's barrenness) had remained the same. And their position in regards to age had changed for the worse. However, the fact that the angel showed up with news that their request was to be answered tells me that at some point they had been praying the will of God. But the proper time and season had to coincide with one another. God had a greater purpose for Zachariah and Elizabeth having a baby than just reducing her shame or keeping up with the Jones. John needed to come on the scene at a certain time.

I also noted that Zachariah was made mute because he didn't believe the angel's message. But after the baby was born and he named the baby as the angel had instructed, he was able to talk again. Which leads me to believe that there are times when we should be quiet until we bring our speech into alignment with God's Word. I wonder what was going on in Elizabeth's mind when her husband came home speechless.

Their story makes me want to reexamine the things I once prayed for but have silently relinquished by stance because after all that area in my life is still bare and I have only increased in age. I find myself looking to see if there's some topics I need to refrain from discussing until I can get the mind of Christ on the matter. As I reflect on their story, it has me calling out to God asking Him to raise my expectation and help my unbelief.

Watch for the May 3 A-Z Mega post. Until then hope y'all have a great weekend.



At April 30, 2010 at 11:04 PM , Blogger SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

What a great reminder of how we need to be open to the things God has for us, even if we think it's past the time we thought it would come. :)

At April 30, 2010 at 11:05 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

I always glean something from your posts Wanda. It's obvious you know the Word of God. I enjoyed reading your take on this well known portion of the Bible. :)

At April 30, 2010 at 11:33 PM , Blogger Tori Cooper said...

Congratulations Wanda! You did such a great job on all of your posts! I wish I had more time to give your blog more attention. However, every time I was able to visit I was blessed! I'm glad to have met you in this challenge! I hope to keep connected after this challenge.. looking forward to May 3~

At May 1, 2010 at 12:10 AM , Blogger Ellie said...

Wanda, you posts always make me pause and reflect on what is going on in my life. It is a difficult journey, sometimes to wonder why our path is a certain way! I think
your insight is amazing! I look forward to following you, after the challenge! Thanks for all your valued, inspiring posts!

At May 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM , Blogger Bud Ezekiel H. said...

hi Wanda!:) congratulations on another wonderful post and finish!
looking forward to many more...

At May 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Carol Fleisher said...

Great post. I think we all struggle sometimes with trusting God as much we should. Great job on the challenge. I also love your new blog layout. Have a great weekend.

At May 1, 2010 at 8:28 PM , Blogger arlee bird said...

You have brought your A to Z posting to a very appropriate conclusion. It was a thought provoking post. Thank you, Wanda, for the wonderful job you did with your posts and your encouraging comments. You did a great job.

I look forward to reading your Reflections post.

Tossing It Out

At May 2, 2010 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Debra Harris-Johnson said...

Wanda I loved all your postings and you really inspire me. I am happy to call you friend and want to congratulate you not only for completing the challenge but for the many comments you took time out to make. Love you girl!

At May 2, 2010 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Tori Cooper said...

Wanda, I just awarded you with the "Sunshine Award" you can pick it up here:
Come & get it!

At May 3, 2010 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Tori Cooper said...

Did you pick the award yet? Make sure to come & get it! :-D


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