Hold Fast

Heavy hearted. .. so many are sick, hurting, grieving, battling many serious concerns among many other grievances. I want to fix it all for them and for myself, so I diligently pray, and I know He hears. I know He is a good, good Father. He will answer right on time! But what do we do in the here and now?

I know the circumstances look grim. I will not try to put a pretty red bow on it, and pretend otherwise. The English teacher in me can’t help but share that the root word circum means around. Just a hot mess all around me is what I can allow myself to see and sink down into if I don’t look to HIM! So let me scream out with hope like Zechariah did in Luke chapter one because we cannot look to our circumstances or anything in this world for hope! The only hope we have is Jesus!

Zechariah had been mute ever since the he questioned the angel of the Lord while he was fulfilling his time of service in the temple. As explained in chapter one of Luke, Zechariah was burning incense in the temple and was visited by the Angel of the Lord who told him that he and Sarah would, indeed, have a son in their old age. Instead of believing the scripture and the Angel of the Lord, Zachariah asked the angel, “How shall I know this?” Zechariah then became mute until the day of his son’s circumcision where he wrote on a notepad that his son’s name was to be John. We know him today as John the Baptist.

And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

Luke 1:14-17 ESV

Whatever weighs heavy on your heart can only be truly fixed by Jesus, the One who left Heaven for you and me to pay a price that we can never pay. Just thinking about that gives me such hope and comfort. He left perfection to live on earth as man. He came humbly as an infant, and He willingly suffered many things and was rejected by men (Luke:17:25). He did all of this to make atonement for our sins so that we can spend eternity with Him, Elohim, in Heaven. Yes, He is coming back to get us, and He will right every wrong. He is our true encourager who has offered us joy forever in His mighty presence. He has given us something to hold on to, so hold fast and look to Jesus not “around” at your circumstances.

Zechariah’s Prophecy
Luke 1:67-80 ESV
(also known as the Benedictus)

67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
    and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74     that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us[h] from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

I love so many things about Zechariah’s first words after John the Baptist was born. I love how he speaks in past tense even though the Messiah has not been born. This lets me know that it is done; it is finished. He has redeemed me and you. The “horn of salvation” tells me that He has conquered. We win; He indwells in His children, and we are conquerors, too. I love that the sunrise will visit any in the dark and direct them along the way of peace. What a mighty King we serve!

“to give light to those who sit in the darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 1:79

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