Key Bible Verse: “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)

Dig Deeper: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80

Zechariah and Elizabeth had lived good, faithful lives before God, and they had done so for a very long time. Yet through decades of waiting on God through their prayers, their service, and their obedience, God had been silent. In spite of their faithful waiting on God, God had left Zechariah, his family, and his people in a painful place for a very long time. Yet Zechariah continued to offer his prayers and wait, year after year, with no apparent reward. God and his prophets had seemingly been silent. But now, at the birth of a baby, God’s word was about to come again.

Upon [his son, John’s] birth and naming, Zechariah gave a prophecy of his own (See today’s Dig Deeper). It’s a remarkable vision of what God was about to do through [John and Jesus]. It says that the old promises of God to his people were about to be fulfilled, that they would be delivered by a descendant of David, and it also points to ways in which the deliverance will extend beyond political freedom, even reaching into the shadow of death itself.

We can wait like Zechariah by praying, soaking our minds in the Scripture’s story of how God has worked throughout history, and letting that story shape our hope regardless of how long God seems to be silent.

– Daniel Ethan Harris in Wait

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