The Christmas story in the Bible tells of how God sent Jesus into the world to become its Savior. The cast of God’s story is remarkable. It’s filled with ordinary people, not headliners. At the same time that it celebrates Jesus’ arrival, it proclaims a powerful message that God wants to and can use ordinary people to change the world.
This series of messages aims to draw people to God based upon His deep interest in them and their lives, even though they are ordinary. It focuses upon God’s intentional choice of and inclusion of such people in His grand plan. The key idea is simple: God values you and desires to use you to change your world.
December 8 - God uses people who doubt His plans.
Zechariah, Elizabeth’s husband, was a religious man with a reasonable God. Then, suddenly, His God grew beyond his expectations. When God promised to give Zechariah a son through Elizabeth, He couldn’t see how. God struck him with muteness until his son was born, so He would remember the difference between what He thought of God’s ability and the truth of God’s ability.
Application: Where do I doubt what God can do? Do I believe that God can work a miracle beyond my expectations? What does the difference between the truth about God and my beliefs tell me about the God I have created for myself?
God, thank You for being so mighty and so patient with me when I doubt You.