In Luke 1: 5-25, and angel appeared to Zechariah and told him that his wife Elizabeth would have a son, John the Baptist. Both of them were past bearing age, and Zechariah doubted this, asking “How can I be sure of this?”. Because of his doubt, he was made mute until the baby was born.
If God punished us each time we were doubtful of his ways, would we all be mute?
God is Truth and Right, and we should believe and trust in him, even if it’s beyond our understanding.
So today, this Christmas season, and everyday of the year, when you feel unsure about something, remember the story of Zechariah, and that no matter what, we should trust in God. God will bless us and he knows what is right and good.
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spiriteven before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”