Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
- Luke 1:57 – 66
As you wait for Jesus to return, remember God always delivers on his word. There isn’t a single promise from God that falls through the cracks. He always has been and he always will be faithful.
This is key to remember because since the beginning of history, God has been promising things like a savior, rich blessing, a son to crush the serpent, entrance back to Eden, an eternal king, the world restored, and the list goes on and on of the good promises God has made.
With the birth of John we are given a great reminder of something we can quickly forget. God always delivers on his word. Even when we doubt, he delivers. Even when we change, God remains the same. His steadfast faithfulness is the constant at the center of our existence. And so we read: Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.
As we read this, we may be tempted to think, so what? When the time comes, barring complications, most pregnant women give birth. But remember Elizabeth’s baby boy started out as a word from God.
Zechariah and Elizabeth were old. Their bodies were beyond bringing life into the world. And yet God gave them a word that could not be broken. Your wife will bear you a son.
As Elizabeth pushed out her baby boy, God pushed into our world another reminder of his faithfulness. He can be trusted. He delivers on his word.
Waiting for our time to come is by no means easy. It’s hard to wait for God to keep all of his promises to us. But as we reflect on the joy and confidence in God that Zechariah and Elizabeth felt at the birth of their son, we can rest assured. God will never leave us or forsake us. He will fulfill his word to us. He will keep his promises. One day our time will come and God will deliver.
This Christmas there are only two things that you really need: God’s promises to you and your faith in God to deliver on his promises to you. So as an act of faith, take time today to list some of God’s promises to you. Next to each promise write these three letters GWD to signify your faith that God Will Deliver.