By Jane Fryar
You will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time (Luke 1:20 ESV).
Jana attended a Christmas concert. “How was it?” asked a friend. “Awesome! It left me speechless,” Jana replied.
Zechariah was speechless for another reason altogether. From the angel Gabriel’s own lips, Zechariah heard God’s promise that he and his wife would soon be the parents of John the Baptist—the one who would prepare the way for the promised Savior. But Zechariah refused to believe. Instead, he allowed doubt and bitterness to flood his heart.
Despite this faithlessness, though, the Lord remained faithful to his promise in Zechariah’s life. He remains faithful in your life, too, all because of the Christ Child and his work on Calvary’s cross.
Prayer Starter: Lord, your faithfulness to me leaves me speechless in awe and wonder. Turn any bitterness and unbelief in me to true faith, especially . . .
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from CTA’s brand-new Christmas devotion book Savoring the Gift of Grace. This book provides a three-minute devotional reflection for each day in December leading up to Christmas. Order now and hand out these books right after Thanksgiving. You’ll remind everyone in your ministry that true Christmas preparation is preparation of the heart, preparing hearts to celebrate our Savior’s birth.
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