Miraculous conception and birth #4 November 9 Absolutes
There are absolutes in this world. Matter cannot be created or destroyed. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Everything that goes up must come down. We do not question these rules because they are known and accepted truths. There is another absolute, the Almighty God is not bound by absolutes, and we can learn from Zechariah that it is not a good idea to be skeptical of God’s Word coming from an angel. Zechariah was told in Luke 1:18-23 that he and his wife would have a child. Zechariah was doubtful because his wife was barren and they were now well beyond their child-bearing years. For his lack of faith, Zechariah was made unable to speak until his child was born.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus gives a powerful lesson, “If you have faith and do not doubt…if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen” (Matthew 21:21). In Matthew 14 we read about Jesus feeding over 5000 people. The Disciples doubted that they could afford to feed the large group that had gathered to listen to Jesus. Jesus stunned them all when His prayer to God turned a small boy’s lunch into an abundance for thousands of people. Also in Matthew 14, we read of Jesus walking on water and calling Peter out to Him. Peter successfully walks on water until he is distracted by the wind and waves and begins to sink. Somehow Peter forgot that he was already doing the impossible. These are a few of the countless examples of God’s power over the “impossible.” Our thinking tends to be limited to what we think is possible when we should remember Matthew 21:22, “Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Zechariah was a faithful, God-fearing man. He knew God had no limits, but like us, he was distracted by his limitations. For nine months his inability to speak was a daily reminder of the sin and doubt that was in his heart. We need not doubt. God knows the desires of our heart, and we should bring them to Him humbly and honestly. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
We are all going to face doubt and uncertainties in this life, but one thing is for sure, faith is much stronger than any doubts this world can cause. God has no restrictions and no handicaps. Focus on His power, not your limitations.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).