Bible Reading: Luke 1:5-25
It is so easy to rejoice with Elizabeth when you read Luke 1. Her story begins with a cloud hovering over her. We read in Luke 1:6-7, “And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.” Although she is doing everything she should be doing by living a life that is righteous and blameless, she is still burdened with barrenness. At that time, all she was expected to do was have a child, but her body could not do it. This must have hung over her and made her feel so ashamed and like a disappointment.
As we continue to read, God parts the dark cloud and shines His light through it. He has heard the cries of Elizabeth’s heart and numerous prayers, and He has answered in the most miraculous way. Even though Elizabeth has been barren her entire life, and she is also beyond the age that women are able to conceive a child, God blesses Elizabeth’s body and she becomes pregnant. The circumstances surrounding this entire pregnancy fill Elizabeth with joy and hope. Her son leaps within her womb in the presence of Mary, who is also pregnant with the Savior of the world. Elizabeth experiences great joy where there had once been darkness. The light of the world was coming into the world through Jesus Christ, but His light had already begun to shine on Elizabeth. Praise God for His miraculous blessings and immeasurable joy!
Application: Remember that Elizabeth was righteous and blameless, but still she was burdened by sadness and disappointment. Sometimes, doing what is right does not remove the sadness we may be feeling. Being righteous and blameless before God does not necessarily mean all our wrongs will be made right in this life. However, we can learn from this story that we can still find peace and joy in the blessings of God. Christ was born to redeem us and save us from sin and death. May His light shine through any darkness you may be feeling or experiencing. Let the story of His coming fill you with joy.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus. His birth and salvation offers us joy in the midst of troubles and sadness. Teach us to rest in your blessings and live lives of abundant joy. We love you, Heavenly Father. Amen.