From Shame To Honour
[The Lord] has shown His favour
and taken away my reproach among the people.
Soon, it will be that time of year again, when families gather to celebrate Christmas together. Some, dread meeting certain “concerned” relatives, whose questions can make those who are still single or childless feel that there’s something wrong with them.
Imagine the plight of Elizabeth, who was childless despite being married for many years. In her culture, that was seen as a sign of God’s disfavour (see 1 Samuel 1:5-6) and could actually be considered shameful. So while Elizabeth had been living righteously (Luke 1:6), her neighbours and relatives may have suspected otherwise.
Nonetheless, Elizabeth and her husband continued to serve the Lord faithfully. Then, when both were well advanced in years, a miracle occurred. God heard her prayer (v 13). He loves to show us His favour (v 25). And though He may seem to delay, His timing is always right and His wisdom always perfect. For Elizabeth and her husband, God had a special gift: a child who would become the Messiah’s forerunner (Isaiah 40:3-5).
Do you feel inadequate because you seem to lack something—a university degree, a spouse, a child, a job, a house? Keep living for the Lord faithfully and waiting patiently for Him and His plan, just as Elizabeth did. No matter our circumstances, God is working in and through us. He knows your heart. He hears your prayers.
Dear Lord God, You are forever faithful and good. Help me to keep trusting in You, even when I experience heartache. In Jesus name. Amen.