And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.
Unbelief! Zechariah simply could not believe the news, a baby after all these years. But this news … this news was coming straight from the one who stood in the presence of God. Yes, Gabriel actually had an audience with God on a regular basis. Can you imagine that?
You and I have that opportunity on a daily basis as well. We can “stand in the presence of God” and delight in being near Him. We can come before Him in prayer, as we read the Word, or simply as we commune with Him as you go about your day.
Precious Jesus, I desire to stand in Your presence daily. You are worthy of my devotion, and I love You. I ask for a greater glimpse of Your glory and majesty today and throughout this holiday season. Help me see You more clearly and help me believe You when You share truths from God that You have for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Delighting in Him …