BIG STORY, LITTLE STORY

by John Barclay | Dec. 14, 2018

“And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple.”

LUKE 1:21 ESV

Each of us has a story and each story is important to God. Our story should fit into and compliment God’s bigger story of redemption recorded in the Bible. This is exactly where we find Zechariah in the first chapter of Luke. Zechariah was in Jerusalem for his role as a priest when a once in a lifetime opportunity arose for him to be the one to perform the priestly duties in the temple. While there, Gabriel, the same angel that would one day announce the coming Messiah, appeared to Zechariah letting him know about his son, John, and all that God would do through John. While Zechariah was inside the temple, our passage says the people outside were waiting for him to return and were wondering at his delay. It often seems in our lives we spend a great deal of time waiting and wondering. When we learn to be content and live life through the waiting and wondering, we honor God and His story. Whether it is anxiously awaiting test results, a potential opportunity to come through, or an answer to an important question, it is in the unknown of waiting and wondering that we often find ourselves talking to our Heavenly Father. Prayer is one of the most important spiritual practices of the Christian faith and is a primary means of communicating with God.

Whether it’s prayer for a loved one, for people struggling through tragedy, or for our own personal need or struggle, prayer is powerful and used by God.

Can you imagine the people’s reaction as Zechariah finally emerged from the temple that day? Being unable to speak? Can you imagine the frenzy of questions and the struggle to communicate? Can you imagine Zechariah’s excitement to tell his people, the Israelites, God’s chosen people, what their Jehovah-Jireh (which means God will provide) was going to do? And in addition to the larger redemption story of John being the herald for the coming Lord, can you imagine the excitement for Zechariah to tell his bride of many years that the Lord has heard their prayer and would indeed provide them with a son? God, their Jehovah-Jireh, had heard their prayers for a child, and fulfilled the desires of their heart, in the context of His BIG Story. Their years of waiting, wondering, and praying were indeed heard, in God’s time, according to His plan, and ultimately for His glory. After all these years, God had chosen to use their story, their family, and the birth of their son, John the Baptist, to announce the coming good news of the Gospel: Jesus’ miraculous birth, His perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection… God’s BIG, beautiful story of redemption.

Today’s Reading: Luke 1:21-25 ESV

5 Comments

  1. Darla Beller

    I’ve been praying for a friend who is in a terrible cyclone of circumstances. I’ve felt completely out of my league to know what to do to help her. I’ve been stressed out at the overwhelming mess she’s caught in. I’ve had others praying for me as I pray for and care for her. Then…. Last night, as we shared requests at community group, another lady in the group got excited and offered a solution that would fill a need for a ministry she volunteers for. I was stunned! In my wildest imagination I could not have come up with a solution that would comprehensively care for every piece of my friend’s puzzle. It provides a part time job she needs and provides counseling. It solves her housing problem and gets rid of an unhealthy roommate situation. It also provides a ministry opportunity for her for which she is well suited to serve. All this can happen by January 1st if she takes the position So, yes! Prayer is powerful. God is unbelievably able to far more than our minds can imagine. Please pray for my friend that God will give her peace and wisdom in responding to this offer.

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  2. Robyn

    Thanks, John!

    Reply
  3. Pierce McIntyre

    It is too easy to get caught up in my “Little Story” and overlook “The Big Story”. Good words to keep us focused where we should be.

    Reply
  4. Randall

    I read & re-read this. I daily forget patience is a fruit of the spirit. Thanks for the reminder.

    Reply
  5. Joy Newberry

    Thank You John for this reminder.

    Christmas and New Year Blessings

    Reply

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Big Story, Little Story

BY: John Barclay | Dec. 14, 2018

“And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple.”

LUKE 1:21 ESV

Each of us has a story and each story is important to God. Our story should fit into and compliment God’s bigger story of redemption recorded in the Bible. This is exactly where we find Zechariah in the first chapter of Luke. Zechariah was in Jerusalem for his role as a priest when a once in a lifetime opportunity arose for him to be the one to perform the priestly duties in the temple. While there, Gabriel, the same angel that would one day announce the coming Messiah, appeared to Zechariah letting him know about his son, John, and all that God would do through John. While Zechariah was inside the temple, our passage says the people outside were waiting for him to return and were wondering at his delay. It often seems in our lives we spend a great deal of time waiting and wondering. When we learn to be content and live life through the waiting and wondering, we honor God and His story. Whether it is anxiously awaiting test results, a potential opportunity to come through, or an answer to an important question, it is in the unknown of waiting and wondering that we often find ourselves talking to our Heavenly Father. Prayer is one of the most important spiritual practices of the Christian faith and is a primary means of communicating with God. Whether it’s prayer for a loved one, for people struggling through tragedy, or for our own personal need or struggle, prayer is powerful and used by God.

Can you imagine the people’s reaction as Zechariah finally emerged from the temple that day? Being unable to speak? Can you imagine the frenzy of questions and the struggle to communicate? Can you imagine Zechariah’s excitement to tell his people, the Israelites, God’s chosen people, what their Jehovah-Jireh (which means God will provide) was going to do? And in addition to the larger redemption story of John being the herald for the coming Lord, can you imagine the excitement for Zechariah to tell his bride of many years that the Lord has heard their prayer and would indeed provide them with a son? God, their Jehovah-Jireh, had heard their prayers for a child, and fulfilled the desires of their heart, in the context of His BIG Story. Their years of waiting, wondering, and praying were indeed heard, in God’s time, according to His plan, and ultimately for His glory. After all these years, God had chosen to use their story, their family, and the birth of their son, John the Baptist, to announce the coming good news of the Gospel: Jesus’ miraculous birth, His perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection… God’s BIG, beautiful story of redemption.

Today’s Reading: Luke 1:21-25 ESV

5 Comments

  1. Darla Beller

    I’ve been praying for a friend who is in a terrible cyclone of circumstances. I’ve felt completely out of my league to know what to do to help her. I’ve been stressed out at the overwhelming mess she’s caught in. I’ve had others praying for me as I pray for and care for her. Then…. Last night, as we shared requests at community group, another lady in the group got excited and offered a solution that would fill a need for a ministry she volunteers for. I was stunned! In my wildest imagination I could not have come up with a solution that would comprehensively care for every piece of my friend’s puzzle. It provides a part time job she needs and provides counseling. It solves her housing problem and gets rid of an unhealthy roommate situation. It also provides a ministry opportunity for her for which she is well suited to serve. All this can happen by January 1st if she takes the position So, yes! Prayer is powerful. God is unbelievably able to far more than our minds can imagine. Please pray for my friend that God will give her peace and wisdom in responding to this offer.

    Reply
  2. Robyn

    Thanks, John!

    Reply
  3. Pierce McIntyre

    It is too easy to get caught up in my “Little Story” and overlook “The Big Story”. Good words to keep us focused where we should be.

    Reply
  4. Randall

    I read & re-read this. I daily forget patience is a fruit of the spirit. Thanks for the reminder.

    Reply
  5. Joy Newberry

    Thank You John for this reminder.

    Christmas and New Year Blessings

    Reply

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