Grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
Zechariah, Elizabeth's husband and John's father, is described as righteous and blameless in all of God's Commandments. Yet he was an old priest in a small town married to a wonderful old lady, but the Lord had not blessed them with children.
Although the couple was certainly loved, Zechariah might be called a has been. Because he had no son to carry forth, and he was nearing the end of his life. But God is never done with His people, and He loves to choose unlikely heroes.
Even so, when the angel, Gabriel, told the good priest he would father a son, Zechariah's faith didn't reach that far, so he answered with disbelieving words. Therefore, he was muted for nine long months, and we all know the rest of the story.
Some think his silencing was punishment for disbelief, and perhaps they are right. I think he was muzzled for speaking doubt. Because words can affect our destinies, and the destiny of their coming son was too big to allow skepticism.
Our lesson? If we don't control our mouths and speak faithful words in unfaithful times, we may harm our heroic destinies.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.