Summary: We handle fear by affirming God is in control, with prayer, and obedience!
In our text today, there are 3 main questions we will ask:
1. Do things happen by chance?
2. Is it alright to have fears?
3. Can we question God?
Many of us go through life either having these questions unanswered or we don’t think about the importance of the answers to these questions. Knowing the answers to these questions will help us deal with the struggles of life and are keys to spiritual growth! Do you have struggles in life? Are you growing spiritually? Let us worship God by listening to His Word!
A Jewish priest named Zechariah experienced the answers to these important questions. Please open your Bibles to the Gospel of Luke. Before reading, let us go to God, the Creator of the universe and us, and make a commitment to His Word….
Let us note that Zechariah and Elizabeth became parents to who??? - John the Baptist; the one called by God to prepare the way for the Messiah, our Savior, Jesus Christ!
John the Baptist was a miracle! Do you think it was just by chance that Zechariah and Elizabeth were the parents of John the Baptist? Read along with me Luke 1:5-22……….
Can you picture that? Zechariah just experienced something miraculous but he couldn’t speak! Everyone was waiting for Zechariah to come out and when they saw him he was making all sorts of gestures! They said, “Speak up Zechariah!”…..”Are you hurt?”….”
“What Zechariah??”........“Is it a Title of a Song?”….”How many words?”…. “How many syllables in the first word?”….
You see, God invented the game “charades”!!
All kidding aside, what can we note from this story?
a. Married couple Zachariah and Elizabeth were godly people well in their years!
b. Zechariah was called to be a priest for Israel.
Since he was from the family lineage of Aaron, the first priest of Israel, Zechariah was born and trained to be a priest. Zechariah was old and he was a priest for a long time (as a matter of fact, he was close to his retirement)! Zechariah knew God and the Old Testament and was familiar with all the things which went on in the Temple of God. We would say that Zechariah grew up in church and knew everything about church!
c. It was Zechariah’s turn to burn incense in the Temple.
The priests on duty drew lots to see which ministries they would perform, and Zacharias was chosen to offer incense in the holy place. This was a high honor that was permitted to a priest only once in a lifetime. While the smoke of the incense ascended to the sky, the priest was to pray for the people of Israel. And as we noted last week, family and church family members pray for each other. The people outside the Lord’s Temple were praying for Zechariah as he prayed for them! And remember, fathers and pastors are like priests; are you praying for them?
Now, the priests drew lots to determine who will do what. Does this mean that things happen, even at church, only by chance? Think about what God did through Zechariah then decide whether things only happen by chance. Also, how powerful is God who created you and me and the entire universe? How powerful is God who is not limited to time and space? God knows every single hair in your head! Every person was wonderfully and carefully made by God in their mother’s womb! In spite of what we think, nothing happens by chance in the hands of the Almighty God. And so,