And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
Do you have unanswered prayer? With everything else, I’ve got this one thing. And sometimes if we’re not careful we think, “Look at me over here God, I’m trying to please You and I’m trying to live a life that’s honoring to You. And time is marching on, God, and sometimes, I feel like…” what? Forgotten.
Instead of forgotten, I want to feel joy. I want to fill up on joy. It starts here with God’s presence. In fact, I like when it says in Psalm 16:11, “In Your presence is fullness of joy. At Your right hand is pleasure forevermore.” Where does joy come from? “In Your presence is fullness of joy.” It’s from God. Joy is a supernatural life in the Person of God, the purposes of God. I don’t just love Him. I love His ways. I love what He’s doing. When I see it and when I don’t, I trust Him. He’s awesome. It’s a supernatural delight in the Person of God, in the purposes of God, and then in the people of God.
- How did Zachariah respond to his circumstances?
- Can you think of a time in your life when you felt forgotten by God? How did you respond?
- How does God want you to respond when you feel forgotten?
Lord, You have been good to me. Forgive me for looking at things that I wish were true and failing to rejoice in what already is. I don’t have what others have. I don’t have what I’m going to have someday. But I have what you’ve provided for me. I ask You to fill me with joy when I want to be troubled and fearful. Help me to live in Your presence.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
FG_AUTHORS: James MacDonald