Advent Thought for Thursday 3rd December

In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

Luke 1: 5 – 10

Elizabeth and Zechariah were good people. In those days many people commonly believed God was directly responsible for wealth and prosperity through showing favour. The converse was also true in that poverty and childlessness was seen as God’s disfavour. Elizabeth and Zechariah had had to endure many years of people looking down on them and wondering why if they really were such good people had God not blessed them with children? Little did anyone realise Elizabeth and Zechariah would be parents to John the Baptist!

Looking at either a person or a situation can often cause us to jump to conclusions that reveal more about our own prejudices than anything else. Throughout the bible and throughout history, God has a habit of surprising us be acting in unexpected ways.

Prayer: Father, let me see beyond my own prejudices. Surprise my today!

Action: Try not to jump to conclusions today.

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