ESOCS Devotional 29 June 2023
MEMORY VERSE: “And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.” Luke 1:58
TEXT: LUKE 1:57-66 (KJV)
57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.
65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
It is archived in the scripture and real-life experiences that the world seems to mock and downplay anyone who is perceived not to have certain advantages. This is even worst in our world of today, when and where it has to do with the gift of children, especially. Friends, family, relatives, even colleagues, treat such persons with badly.
This was the case of Elizabeth and her Husband, Zechariah who “…were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” The Bible recorded that they had no child even as they were already aged. This ordinarily would connote there were no chances of them bearing a child. One could imagine how they were being called all sorts of names among their kindred. But, because God wanted to glorify His name through them, a time came when He showed forth in their lives and behold came John the Baptist through Elizabeth and Zechariah!
Our memory verse tells the experience, as all their acquaintances, even those who may have mocked them for being childless, gathered not just to celebrate with them but joined in the publicity of the goodness and mercy of God. A similar instance was recorded for Hannah. Job had his share of the Lord’s visitation. This experience is further expressed by the Psalmist thus: “When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them” – Ps. 126:1-2.
The Holy Spirit is using today’s devotional to remind someone who is waiting upon the Lord that the time of visitation is right at hand. Keep your faith alive!
- It does not matter what your present situation looks like, invite the Lord into your situation and experience Peace.
- Father Lord, my life is in dire need of your presence. Come in and change my situation to your own glory, in Jesus name, Amen.
FURTHER READING: Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Ezekiel 43:1-9; Acts 11:1-18
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ESOCS Devotional 29 June 2023