He Was Chosen
Read Luke 1:5–10
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
As we read through the first two chapters of Luke, we’ll meet some people who seem ordinary, but whose paths cross the extraordinary power and presence of God. Nothing is accidental. In today’s passage, we see that Zechariah was chosen to go into the temple of the Lord. A priest had this opportunity only once in his lifetime, so the honor and responsibility Zechariah would have felt upon being chosen would have been immeasurable.
- Reflect on a time you were chosen for something. What did that feel like? As you look back on that time, where do you see God’s fingerprints?
- In what area of your life are you sensing a dead end and a need for renewal? What are you longing for from God? Spend two or three minutes contemplating these questions, remembering you are in God’s loving presence.
Father, thank You for pursuing me and choosing me to be Your beloved child. You’ve given me life and freedom and forgiveness. Continue to fill me with Your Spirit and allow me to know Your presence. Make alive the parts of me that are dead or dying. I give them to You as best as I know how. Amen.