Todays reading recount the story of Elizabeth, Zechariah, and the angel, Gabriel. Gabriel appears to Zechariah when he is in the sanctuary to tell him that Elizabeth will bear a son, who “will be great in the sight of the Lord.” Gabriel gives instructions for this child, John, and then when Zechariah questions him, reminds him of God’s jurisdiction.
As we enter even closer to Christmas day, we may feel pulled in multiple directions. As the angle speaks to Zechariah in the reading from Judges today, he reminds him that God has heard his prayers, declaring “Do not be afraid.” We hear a similar voice as this Advent season comes to a close. We are constantly reminded to not be fearful for our salvation is days away, and our prayers will be answered.
However, simultaneously, as we wait for our salvation, it is hard to not wonder if our individual prayers have been heard. We constantly catch ourselves questioning authority over our lives. Even though Zechariah is confronted with an angel, a direct vision of God, he questions, “How shall I know this?” How will I know that this will actually happen? When in our lives have we failed to remember to trust God, to trust that he hears us.
Let’s remember as our time of preparation comes to an end, to have faith in the One who has ultimate faith in us.