and they were both well advanced in years.
So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God . . .”
Luke 1:7-8, NKJ
Faith is frequently found in the most unexpected places. Elizabeth and Zacharias had every reason to have thrown in the towel and walked away from their calling in ministry because of disappointments and dashed expectations. They could have presumed their faithfulness entitled them to the blessing of a baby. But in spite of the conspicuous absence of God’s provision, we find them still serving devotedly.
The truth is that God owes us nothing and it is in this fire of withheld blessing that the substance of faith is tested. But it is only when we find ourselves in that place of on-going, unanswered prayer, or continued discrepancy between what we thought God should and would do and what He did, that we can clearly see the foundation of our faith. If we are able to serve without any physical affirmation of blessing in the face of daily disappointments, then we will have reached the place of faith and can sit in the seat of a servant and say: “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.'”(Luke 17:10)
The startling discovery for those who enter through this narrow path of humility into true servanthood is that they unexpectedly find a faith that realizes God’s presence as a greater reward than the blessing they originally sought.
I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
QUESTION: How do you handle unmet expectations? Are you content with just Jesus?