Before the Angel Gabriel visited the Blessed Virgin he visited Zechariah, the husband of Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth. Gabriel told Zechariah that Elizabeth would have a son, despite the fact that she was barren and beyond the childbearing years. That son would be named John. We know him as John the Baptist.
And what did Zachariah say to Gabriel after hearing this amazing news?
Then Zechariah said to the angel,
“How shall I know this?
For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”
And the angel said to him in reply,
“I am Gabriel, who stand before God.
I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news.
But now you will be speechless and unable to talk
until the day these things take place,
because you did not believe my words,
which will be fulfilled at their proper time.”
Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah
and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary.
But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them,
and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary.
He was gesturing to them but remained mute.
So after hearing the revelation of God, Zechariah doesn’t believe that it will happen. Crazy, right? Well, maybe not. We all have heard the revelation of God through the words of Jesus Christ. Do we believe him, or do we doubt? If we are honest, all of us have doubts from time to time. This doesn’t mean that we have no faith, it means that we are human. So too was Zechariah and he doubted. Yet he and Elizabeth raised John to have a faith that led him to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.
Don’t beat yourself up when you doubt. Use those times as an opportunity to renew your faith in Jesus. Faith is not only a feeling, it is a decision we make. Every day and every doubt is an opportunity to choose Christ Jesus.
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.