What do you do when God seems silent?
You pray and there’s no answer.
You read the Word and it’s just a bunch of words on paper.
You worship by singing and it seems like mere lyrics on screen.
Zechariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1:5-25) were a fairly common couple. Simple. Ordinary. Average.
They’ve prayed for a child and it seems that God wasn’t answering until they’ve reached way past child bearing age.
Until angel Gabriel shows up. He declares that God is going to give them a son.
But up until this time, heaven has been silent.
For 400 years, there hasn’t been a word from God.
For 500 years, there hasn’t been an angelic appearance.
For 800 years, there hasn’t been a public miracle witnessed.
As in a musical, in between Act 1 and Act 2 is the intermission. But because the curtains are down doesn’t mean nothing is happening.
Behind those curtains, lots of things are happening. Set designs are being replaced. Actors are changing costumes. More props are being added.
It’s busy in the backstage.
Remember this: God’s silence doesn’t signify His absence.
Zechariah and Elizabeth wanted a baby. They wanted it at a certain stage of their married life. Scholars tell us that they were in their 70’s when Gabriel shows up.
It seems like they’ve missed the opportunity of having a child.
But God is able to turn your missed opportunity to His greatest miracle.