Posted by Richard S. Lytle, Ph.D. in Blogs
“11God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.”
-- 2 Chronicles 1:11-13
In Luke 1:1-25, we gain a bit of wisdom and understanding about the work of God and His earthly assignments. In the interchange between the angel Gabriel and Zechariah regarding his role in the birth of John the Baptist I saw four things. First, God has a plan and is actively working it though it may not be evident to you. After four-hundred years of silence since the last recorded old testament writing, God sent the angel Gabriel to visit Zechariah about the next major action item in His plan. Second, Zechariah and Elizabeth were chosen for the assignment because they were “righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.” This married couple found favor with God by carrying out their daily assignments in conformity with God’s will. Third, though obedient all their lives, they found themselves childless and old. From this I learned that obedience and favor with God is not necessarily related to current circumstance. Though righteous in the sight of God, they were still barren. Finally, because of their righteousness, they found favor with God and were chosen to participate in the birth and child-rearing of a boy named John. Four-hundred years after the prophet said it, John would come in the spirit and power of Elijah (Malachi 4:6) and was to be great in the sight of the Lord, “turning the hearts of parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).
For me, this wisdom reveals a framework for righteous living. In the life of Zechariah and Elizabeth it consisted of (1) belief and trust in a God who is in control and working His plan, (2) daily and blameless observance of His commands, (3) an understanding that Godly favor is not necessarily related to current circumstance, and (4) using your life to “make ready” a people prepared for the Lord – your spouse, your children, your employees, and your neighbors. As you lead and serve this month, may His wisdom produce fruit out of the assignments He is giving you!