“But the angel said, “…Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son,
and you are to name him John…Zechariah said to the angel,
“How can I be sure…?” Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel!
I stand in the very presence of God….
But now, since you didn’t believe what I said,
you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born.
For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”
The angel Gabriel would not allow doubt or negativity to blanket God’s blessing. Zechariah was a godly man who had prayed for a child, but doubt hindered him from receiving the exciting news of the blessing God wanted to give him. So, Gabriel silenced him for a season to quiet his heart to give him another opportunity to see the blessing God was giving him.
Pride prevents us from receiving God’s blessings. I’ve caught myself brushing off a compliment someone was trying to give me because I was too proud to receive it. It takes vulnerability to receive this type of gift graciously and sincerely. When someone praises us, and we accept their blessing, it also blesses them. So, to deflect the blessing hinders them from receiving a blessing in return. We limit God and miss the opportunity to connect with the other person. Everyone loses.
Gabriel’s words would be fulfilled at the proper time. This was a sacred moment. No wonder Zechariah was hushed!