Scripture Reading: Luke 1:57-66
S.O.A.P. Reading: Luke 1:63-64
He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God.
Zachariah’s obedience to God was his ticket to freedom. As soon as he obeyed he was able to speak and how did he use that ability? To praise God!
We can often feel like we are prisoners. The things that hold us captive can be so many things. Zechariah was held captive by his distrust of God. You may be held captive by a sin, distrust, illness, sadness, worry, etc… But the key that will set you free is obedience. The act of obeying; submissive compliance. Simply just saying yes to God!
There is a unique link between trust and obedience. In fact you could make a good case that they are interchangeable. In order to “submissively comply” or obey, you must first trust that God’s will for your life is perfect. The evidence of that trust is then obedience to that will. Combine the two and you get belief. Because you believe that God is truth and that his will is perfect you trust him and obey him.
So do you BELIEVE? Are you in this with both feet like Mary? or Are you holding yourself captive by fear and doubt like Zechariah? Submit yourself, commit yourself, today!
Lord, thank you that you are a trustworthy God that never fails us. Thank you for your word of truth that we can learn and grow within you. Help us to trust and obey. Help us not to hold ourselves captive by worry, doubt and fear. Help us to submit to your good and perfect will. Amen
Trust and Obey