Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fear was Experienced

Scripture: Luke 1:64-65
And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God. Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea.

Insights: Once again God intervenes in the world and displays His awesome power and might in the world.  For at least nine months Zacharias was mute and after he wrote the name John his tongue was loosed.  He was now able to speak and the very first thing he does is praise the Lord God for His activity and grace.  God is still in this kind of work today.  He still desires to amaze and astonish His children as well as His creation.  Now notice with me how the lost world responded to God’s miraculous involvement in human affairs.  They were gripped with fear and they could not stop talking about all that God had done in the life of Zacharias and Elizabeth.  What a wonderful way for the glory of God to be spread—lost people telling of the works of God.  Beloved, I have been sharing this over the past three weeks, and I state it again today.  When God’s favor is on your life, people are going to notice and they are going to be talking about God and His work.  They are not going to be talking about you, but the Lord.  This truth is a humbling display of God’s glory.  I would encourage you to cry out to the Lord and ask Him to allow His favor to be on your life.  Then, as He prompts your heart, respond in obedience.  The Lord pricked Zacharias and he praised the Lord and people were astounded at his ability to speak after nine months of silence.  All I can truly say in response to God’s work in this part of the Messiah’s history is – WOW!!!  God is truly good all the time and all the time God is good.  Beloved, praise the Lord for His active involvement in your life today.

  1. Is the work of God in your life so awe inspiring that it is causing the lost around you to experience fear of God’s power?
  2. Are you crying out to the Lord for Him to use you in such a mighty way as to generate this awe of His glory?

Prayer: Father, use me in such a fashion that the lost world recognizes Your favor on my life and brings You glory.  Lord, let me continue to live in awe of Your amazing power and might.  Amen.

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