December 5: Prepare (Advent 2014 Devotional)

Luke 1:21-25 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they wondered why he was in the sanctuary for such a long time. When he came out, he was unable to speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he gestured to them and couldn’t speak. When he completed the days of his priestly service, he returned home. Afterward, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She kept to herself for five months, saying, “This is the Lord’s doing. He has shown his favor to me by removing my disgrace among other people.”


When we hear from God, what is the first thing we should do? Just sit around and be lazy. NO! We should be the people who continue to do our job to the best of our ability.

Zechariah just had this incredible vision from God. He could have run out and immediately told everyone outside and rushed to go home and do everything he could to make sure it came to pass. But that kind of living and thinking doesn’t really rely on God and his timing. Zechariah completed his work in the Temple, because that’s what he was assigned to do and he would have been breaking a major rule by leaving when he should have been there.

When God speaks and gives a vision for something we should do, he may not give a time frame. God may reveal some more of his plan for our lives, but he may also be continuing to show us who he is molding us to be.

Today our task is to do our work to the best of our ability and listen for the voice of God to work in us to reshape and remold us. You and I are not as good as we think we are; but we are so much more than we could imagine. Trust God to work in you and through you.

Ever working creator, you are doing an incredible work in us so we can be the people you call us to be. Grant us strength, patience, wisdom to live out your calling to be lights on a hill so everyone can see your glory and know you. Continue to work within us to have the fruit of the spirit come to pass. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Published by Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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