“The angel answered, “I am Gabriel, God’s servant, and I was sent to tell you this good news. You have not believed what I have said. So you will not be able to say a thing until all this happens. But everything will take place when it is supposed to.” (Luke 1:18)
Zechariah served as a priest in the temple. One day he was burning incense and the angel Gabriel appeared to him. God’s messenger said Elizabeth was going to have a baby. But the old man did not believe that, and doubted: “How will I know this is going to happen? My wife and I are both old.” The angel’s response was categorical: because of his disbelief, he would stay wordless “until all this happens.”
And the angel repeated the promise: “But everything will take place when it is supposed to.”
Many times, we doubt of God’s promises. We prefer to content with less than eternity, and we stoop to worldly ephemeral joys that will fade away in a breath. But the Lord is loyal, even if we are not. He sets up all things according to a plan that exceeds our knowledge.
When you fall into the temptation of doubt, wait, keep silent and look! For sure, your lips will pronounce the very same words this old man said when John the Baptist was born: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel because he has come to his people and redeemed them.”.
For He has decided “to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
Dear Lord, strengthen my faith. But if I ever doubt, keep me silent and give me clear eyes to look at your deeds!