DAY 06

21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute.
Luke 1:21-22
There just might come a moment in your life as a believer when you do not respond well to God, and you experience consequences because of it. But thankfully, the God of grace still uses and blesses us, and His plan will still be fulfilled. God is gracious, and Zechariah's doubt did not nullify God's promise. Zechariah had lost his ability to speak, so he could not tell anyone what he saw and what had happened. He made signs, and the people outside the temple realized he had seen a vision.
 
The Bible, on many occasions, presents us with tough lessons to be learned. And within this Christmas story, I hope you are challenged in a deeper understanding of God's Word and its lessons. For example, Zechariah's lesson that God was teaching him is also a lesson for us: to think doubting God is of no consequence. Zechariah was struck "dumb." He lost months of talking with his wife, Elizabeth, or anyone about God's promise or even the excitement of having a baby. This consequence on Zechariah was a strong sign of God's displeasure at his doubt. Failing to take God's word seriously is never acceptable. Zechariah's response to God's truth mattered then, and our response to God's truth matters now. 
Prayer
God, help me trust Your Word. I believe that You can do all things and that You've given me a purpose. Help me to find and remove the remnants in my life that allow doubt to creep in. Jesus, work in me so I can be more like You and be used for Your glory.