It Came to Pass: Your Words Matter
We’re in the middle of talking about a few of the lessons we can learn from the Christmas story and specifically Zacharias’ part in it. We’ll pick up with his story in Luke 1:13.
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. … And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season (vv. 13, 17–20).
Another important lesson we learn from Zacharias is that our words have the ability to abort the plan of God. Zacharias had trouble believing the angel’s message to him and began to voice words of doubt. Jesus’ birth was so important that the Lord could not allow Zacharias’ lack of faith to impede His redemptive plan from coming to pass at its appointed time. As a result, Zacharias was struck dumb to prevent him from speaking doubt and unbelief.
Some of God’s plans are set for an appointed time and cannot be put off for another time. The birth of the Savior was one of these events. Some things pertaining to the overall plan for the world are going to happen in the fullness of time regardless of opposing circumstances.
If the birth of John had not been crucial to the overall plan of God coming to pass, Zacharias’ lack of faith would only have resulted in his due season being drawn out until he could get in faith about God’s promises.
Your Due Season
This is the case for most of us as well. We would like to see the promise of God manifest immediately, but we must wait for it to come to pass in “due season.”
Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” How long is your due season? The answer is different for each person. However, if you are believing the promise, speaking in line with the Word of God instead of speaking unbelief and not getting weary in well doing, it shall come to pass. In other words, the more you align your life with the principles of God’s Word, the shorter your due season becomes.
For Elisabeth and Zacharias, their due season was approximately nine months after they received the promise of a son. For you, it may be longer or it may be shorter. The point is that you don’t have to wait indefinitely for God’s promise to become manifest. It must first grow and develop within you much like a pregnancy. In due season, you too will deliver the plan and purpose of God into the earth.
What’s the next “it came to pass” in the Christmas story? I’ll share that in an upcoming blog post.