"But now you will be mute, unable to speak- because you have not trusted my words." Luke 1:20
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, and his wife Elizabeth, had been praying for a child for a long time. But when an angel told Zechariah that his prayers had been answered, he did not believe and gave the angel excuses why it could not happen. Many times we are like Zechariah. We pray and pray but a little voice tells us, no it's not going to happen. And we give reasons why it's not going to happen! We pray for healing but in the next breath, say to ourselves that the doctor said we need this operation or this expensive medicine. In Romans 10:17, Saint Paul says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and in Hebrews we learn that without faith it is impossible to please God. If we want to grow in faith, we need to dig deep into God's Word. Maybe that's why Zechariah was struck dumb, so he could spend some quiet time meditating on the books of the law. If we read what Jesus said and did, we will expect the impossible to happen. Jesus is the same today as He was when He walked on the earth and made great and wonderful things happen. But we first need to spend time with Him, so that we see ourselves in the midst of all the happening things. Each of us are given a mustard seed of faith, and we need to take care of it and learn how to grow it. It should be one of the priorities of our life. But if we spend most of our time watching TV, or going through social media or shopping, then obviously, the fruit of that isn't going to be faith.
Lord, may I look to You and study Your words. I want to do things Your way. Help me to grow my mustard seed faith and see miracles happening around me and through me!