Monday, December 6, 2010

Joyful Surrender

Luke 1:57-80

The story of Zechariah is amazing to think about. He was an older priest who had his once in a lifetime opportunity to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. During this moment, an angel visited him and told him that he would have a son and he was to name him John. Zechariah questioned the angel and as a result, the angel made him mute. We are not told what type of emotions Zechariah had during Elizabeth's pregnancy, but we are given a picture of his complete surrender at his son's circumcision. Please read the joyful prophecy that Zechariah spoke in Luke 1:67-79.

What a beautiful prophecy of hope, love, and joy! Can you imagine the scene that took place as Zechariah spoke for the first time in nine months? Zechariah completely surrendered to God's plan and spoke of the amazing hope that was to come. When we come to a place of surrender, we experience a hope and joy that is difficult to explain. God truly gives us a joy when we surrender to Him. I know of many people who became second career pastors and when they shared their stories with me, a common thread was experiencing peace and joy when they finally surrendered to God's plan. I am by no means implying that they never experienced difficulties from that point on, but before they surrendered, they were miserable knowing that God wanted something so much more for them but they were not following His call.

What does God want you to surrender to Him?

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