Curse the Darkness
Continued from last week
“But now, O Israel, the LORD who created you says: ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.’”
Elisabeth’s intimate walk with God is why she remains one of my favorite Bible characters. Even her husband, a real big shot in the church, paled in comparison. Zechariah was given a good taking to when he questioned the angel’s amazing prophecy announcing the birth of John the Baptist. “Elisabeth and I will have a baby boy—really?” For the next nine months he could not speak…the Bible says he was dumb.
Not so with Elisabeth
When she was six months pregnant Elisabeth greeted Mary with an amazing proclamation.
“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.”
How could she speak with such confidence? Had she always believed? When I uncovered the meaning of her name the Spirit opened the heavens. Her friends had called her barren… but not God. He named her Elisabeth which is interpreted, God hath sworn. Even when she was well along in years, even when it looked like the life she dreamed of would never happen and even when Zechariah doubted, God still called her—Elisabeth! He had sworn. He knew who she was…and He had a plan. He would not change.
It’s our secret, Lord.
Elisabeth refused to wear the labels of men. Ignoring comments and whispers she flung herself into the presence of God. She wasn’t a wave upon the sea that was tossed here and there by every unkind or careless word spoken. If people didn’t understand God’s call on her life she just lifted her head and laughed. “Oh, Father, they don’t get it… but it’s okay. It’s our secret anyway.”
And it came to pass
Slowly the nausea began to form a pattern. Other symptoms told her the wonderful news—and she ran! She ran to her Beloved, the God who had sworn. For five months she hid herself with Him, relishing the sweetness of who He is. Just the two of them shared their delicious secret. She had spent her life in the shadow of the Almighty. He had been her place of comfort while the scorning enemy taunted her nothingness. There was only one place she longed to be—in His presence.
If this is you, if the Almighty given you a dream—then run.
Be comforted, be encouraged…God hath sworn!