Zacharias - Troubled and Fearful
The Upward Look
© Copyright 2013, Max D. Hutto,
“And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear gripped him.” Luke 1:11-12 NASB
Zacharias was busy doing his job. He was in the Temple when the normal routine for the priest was dramatically interrupted. An angel appeared to speak to him about the coming of his child who would be the forerunner of the Messiah. Zacharias’ first reaction to this disturbance was to be troubled and fearful. This all-consuming fear is a common human reaction to a startling interruption in our normal routine. It is the “oh no, what now” type of uncertainty that causes a gripping fear to overwhelm us. The angel then spoke God’s message to Zacharias that began, “Do not be afraid.”
Lord Jesus, too often I am gripped in fear when startling interruptions disturb my normal routine. Especially in those troubling moments, help me to trust in You for peace, strength, and guidance.
December 20, 2013
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