What Jesus Did! 'It All Begins with Faithfulness' — Luke 1:5-7

Saturday, January 3, 2015

When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God's eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord's commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.
— Luke 1:5-7 NLT
Illustration of Luke 1:5-7 NLT —  They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.

Key Thought

Sometimes, when things aren't going as well as we hope, we are tempted to give up on our righteous commitments to God. "What's the use?" we sometimes think to ourselves, "It surely doesn't seem to be paying off for me!" God gives us Zechariah and Elizabeth to help us not give up in our discouragement, impatience, and frustration. The beginning of Luke's gospel is found in two old, faithful followers of God. They were righteous in God's eyes even though their fervent desire to have a child had not been granted by God. They honored God because it was the right thing to do. Out of their faithfulness came the beginning of our salvation story in Luke. So the next time you find yourself discouraged and ready to give up because your prayers seem unanswered, remember this old couple and their joyous surprise as revealed in the following verses. It's worth the wait to share in God's glory!

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, my Abba Father, forgive me for the times that I have let discouragement and impatience cause me to stumble and even give up for a time. I do believe that you are at work in my life, and I want to use my life to serve you and help others find Jesus. Please give me strength to live before you righteously as Zechariah and Elizabeth did. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 2:13
  • Matthew 6:31-33
  • Ephesians 2:1-10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.