On Sunday adult pastor Vincent Carpenter kicked off our Christmas series, The Gifts We Give. Throughout the Christmas season, we will be unpacking various gifts that lead us to celebrating the ultimate gift of Jesus. The season is more than the material gifts we give one another.
IT IS A SEASON OF ABUNDANT JOY.
This morning we took a look at Zechariah and the unexpected gift he was given. Zechariah was promised a child, but because of life circumstances he had doubt. In his disbelief, God made him silent until he saw the promise of God come to pass.
SILENCE WAS GOD’S GIFT TO ZECHARIAH.
We all find ourselves in a season of silence. It’s those seasons of waiting for a promise to be fulfilled or for problems to be resolved. It’s those seasons when we sit down to spend time with God, but feel like we just can’t connect. Silence typically feels like anything but a gift.
SILENCE LEADS TO LISTENING, LEARNING AND LOOKING.
- Listening // The season of silence is an invitation to lean in and listen. God longs to speak to us, but sometimes we just need to lean in, ask and wait for Him to respond.
- Learning // Silence is never a punishment, but an opportunity to learn things about God that our life circumstances could never teach us.
- Looking // The worst thing we can do in the silence is look at ourselves. Many times we put the focus on ourselves, and God is asking us to look outside ourselves and look at Him.
SILENCE ULTIMATELY LEADS TO BREAKTHROUGH.
The silence will not last forever. And in the midst of the silence, we can still declare what God has done and what He will do. Our declaration in the physical will ultimately lead to breakthrough in the spiritual.
IN RESPONSE //
- Start your day off with thankfulness! When you sit down to spend time with God in the morning, start by writing down a few things your thankful for.
- This morning we talked about the story of Zechariah. Throughout your week read the full story in Luke 1, and find out how Zechariah learned to listen, learn and look.
- Take time to declare the goodness of God. Even if we are in the middle of silence, we can declare what God has done and what He has promised to do.