God’s Promises and Our Doubt

Luke 1:21-24 (NLT)

Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the sanctuary, wondering why he was taking so long. When he finally did come out, he couldn’t speak to them. Then they realized from his gestures and his silence that he must have seen a vision in the sanctuary.

When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home. Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months.


I’m so very grateful that God is faithful to his promises, even in the face of our dubious response. Despite Zechariah’s doubt, God delivered on his promise. Elizabeth’s prayers were answered even through her husband’s apprehension. God gave her the desire of her heart and aren’t we glad?

God did not fail to follow through on his promise because of one man’s hesitation. Thankfully, God brought about the deliverance of the world without Zechariah’s approval.

Our short-sighted vision keeps us from seeing the big picture. Our selfish desires keep us from understanding the whole story. Why do we insist on thinking that our knowledge is enough? Why do we hold God’s blessing at arm’s length when he clearly desires that we profit from the Hope that he brings?

God’s plans win out! Elizabeth conceived. John was born. Zechariah was blessed. It has always been so. We might belittle the holy blueprint. We might be indecisive about the idea. We might even refuse the revelation. But God’s blessing for his people will prevail.


Thank you, God. 

Thank you for knowing what we need, even when we don’t.

Thank you for answering our prayers, even before we ask.

Thank you for blessing us, even when we doubt your good gifts.

Thank you, God.



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