Advent Thought for Monday 7th December

When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”

They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”

Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. All the neighbours were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

Luke 1: 57 – 66

Do you like a good mystery? There was a lot of mystery surrounding John’s birth. His parents were too old, his father had become mute throughout the pregnancy due to his encounter with the angel; only nobody new that since he couldn’t tell them! The mystery continued when Elizabeth said to call him John. Why John? Who was John? None of his relatives were called John! The only person for whom this wasn’t a mystery was God himself. John had been called by God to be a prophet and God had a hand in everything that was happening.

How often have you had to work with incomplete information where so much was a mystery? That is when you learn to trust, when you don’t have full information.  This is the essence of faith.

Prayer: Lord God, I trust you. It’s tough when life is hard. Help me to trust you more.

Action: Hold onto your trust in God.

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