Both were just in the eyes of God, blamelessly following all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. They were childless, for Elizabeth was sterile; moreover, both were advanced in years. (Luke 1: 6-7, NAB)
I have a group of writer friends and we share all our successes as well as our disappointments. We have all been at this game for several years now and have had all different levels of success. Mostly I am very happy when one of the others succeeds, but there is always a small niggling of jealousy because I feel as if I have not had the success they are now celebrating. Then the guilt sets in as I realize I do have successes that are different from that of my friends. I then need to return to my prayers and realize that God will give me successes in His time and to share in the celebration and not engage in the jealousy.
In The days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. (Luke 1:5)
Read and Ponder: Luke 1: 5-7
Elizabeth and Zechariah were people of God. Both descendants of priestly families, they held to their faithfulness in spite of the fact that God had given them no children. Never, even in her old age did she give up on God. She accepted whatever plans God had for her life.
Question to Ponder:
- Do I graciously accept God’s plan for my life or do I try to plan my own life?
As we enter the last two weeks of Lent, let us ponder how we react to God’s calling in our lives. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
All for the Glory of God,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand