"I hope that the first lesson you will learn in the Christmas story is to be patient with God." I read this quote while reading a devotion about Elizabeth and Christmas. I found this quote interesting because it showed me a different side of the Christmas Story I had never seen. Normally when we hear of Elizabeth, the focus is on John, the forerunner of Jesus, the one who would be that witness crying in the wilderness.
But, in this one quote, I began to realize that Elizabeth is more than the mother of John the Baptist. She is actually a person who in the midst of great difficulty and tragedy remained faithful, remained patient, and never lost her faith in the Lord. To be barren was a mark on one's reputation. Whispers of wonder would circle, contemplating why God had punished this faithful couple. Doubt would sink in and maybe even cause them to question themselves. But not Elizabeth; she remained patient, she remained faithful, and God rewarded her.
Disappointment is a reality of life. But, we serve a God who is above it all. The challenge is whether or not we will remain patient and trust Him through whatever it is we face. This is one of the purposes of Christmas, to prove that God really is trustworthy. He really does follow through on His promises. THIS Christmas, "pray fervently and believe that God is listening to your prayers."
(Quotes from Joy to our World! A countdown to Christmas on YouVersion Bible App.)
Matt Priebe - Family Pastor