Luke 1:5-25 - There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they both were now well advanced in years.
8 Now while he served as priest before God, when his division was on duty, 9 according to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole crowd of people were praying outside at the hour of incense.
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not fear, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children[a] and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man and my wife well advanced in years.”
19 The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God. And I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things happen, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their season.”
21 The people waited for Zechariah, and wondered why he waited so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he made signs to them and remained speechless.
23 As soon as the days of his service were fulfilled, he departed to his own home. 24 After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.”
Names in the Bible often tell us something about the person.
Elizabeth is Eli-sheba. It means either "God’s promise", or "my God has sworn." All that we know of Elizabeth is that she is a a descendant of the priestly line of Aaron. She was a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary, the wife of Zechariah and the mother of John the Baptist.
According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth lived "righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. She had lived a blameless life with her husband Zechariah in one of the hill-towns of Judea.
After years of unanswered prayers, (so she thought)because she was now beyond child bearing age, Elizabeth began to believe that her barrenness was a reproach. She had given up on any expectation of ever having a child, but contrary to her expectation, God does what He always do best and He showed up in Elizabeth's life. God never left Elizabeth and His plan was always to give her and Zachariah a son, but in His time.
There is a purpose in God's timing. It's not about us, but God's purpose. There was a situation in Elizabeth life that could have easily made her doubt God and I am sure it probably crossed her mind many times. Elizabeth's situation had a bigger picture than Elizabeth bearing a son. God had to save and deliver some people from sin and unbelief, therefore He waited until His appointed time in Elizabeth and Zachariah's life before He showed up to perform their miracle of a child. When God does this, it would be no doubt, even among the unbelievers, that this was the doing of God and Him alone!
Isn't that just like God, He shows up when it looks like all hope is gone. Come here Lazarus, Come here women with the issue of blood, come here blind Bartimaeus, Come here JESUS!! GOD IS AN ON TIME GOD. HE IS NEVER LATE!!!
The bible declares that one day, while Zechariah the Priest, Elizabeth's husband, was executing his Priestly duty in the temple, the Angel Gabriel appeared at the right of the altar and announced that a son would be born to Elizabeth, his wife. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! LOOK AT GOD!
We are told in The Gospel story that Elizabeth bore a son and according to the angel of the Lord, Gabriel, he was named "JOHN" as the angel said he would be! God performed a miracle and she conceived a child who would be the forerunner of the Messiah. He is known in the Bible as "John The Baptist".
Upon Johh's birth, the bible says that Elizabeth's friends and neighbors rejoiced with her, and when the child was brought to be circumcised, they were going to call him after his father Zechariah, but his mother said, "His name shall be John." She called her son what God called him,"JOHN." OBEDIENCE, COMMITMENT AND PURPOSE SEEN HERE!
LOOK AT GOD! WAIT ON THE LORD AND BE OF GOOD COURAGE!
God's timing is never our timing. If God said it, consider it done! Pray and ask God to help you patiently wait on Him and trust Him enough to know that He is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that He shall repent. Has He said and shall He not do it? God says in Isaiah 55:11-My Word shall not return to me void, but ti shall go forth and accomplish that which I have sent it to do.
Whatever it is that you are waiting on God to do, keep serving, keep trusting, keep believing and watch God show up and show out!
I am excited about Elizabeth's story. I too am waiting on God to show up in a situation in my life. I know without a doubt that God will perform it because He promised it. There is a "purpose" in my wait. In the meantime, I will wait on God, trust Him and serve Him while I wait because I know that His Divine Promise will come forth from Him for me.
Your hopeless situation is the beginning of "HOPE" in The Hands of The Sovereign God.
The question becomes: Are you willing to believe by faith and wait with expectation?
What are you waiting on God to do for you? Will you release it to Him on today?
Elizabeth is our example of patiently waiting on God's appointed time. If God said it, Wait on it!
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you.