Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.

– Luke 1:11-13 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Zechariah was an old man by the time the angel appeared to him. It was hard for him to believe that his wife Elizabeth could get pregnant with a son, but the angel reminds him that nothing is too difficult for God. Do you feel like you are past your prime? Be encouraged, for despite our culture’s obsession with youth, God has called people in their latter years to do amazing things. Don’t be afraid and don’t think for a moment that your age hinders you from being used of God.

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