“But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God” (Luke 1)
God knows us better than we know ourselves. He can see what lies in the inner part of us. He knows what needs to happen in order for us to life a truly spiritual and fulfilled life. His grace makes us the people we are intend to be. He wants us to be renewed from the inside and the outside. He can do it if we give Him the chance to complete his work in us.
There are times when we feel it will never happen. We are distraught by all the imperfection in our lives. We are torn by all the stress, conflict, grief, pain and sickness around us. We often ask God why He is allowing all of that. And that is okay. God does not mind! But we should not become restless or lose hope. There might be even people among us that turn their back on the Lord, because his promise is too good to be true.
But God will bring them back in due time. And those that stay have a role in bringing them back. We know that God is faithful but first need to remove the obstacles in and around us, in order to make us the person we are meant to be. God is allowing some obstacles in order to makes better people. God believes in us and knows we are worth refining. He believes in us and loves us. He sees the goodness that is hidden within us. He knows what we are able to become, when we lose the things that no longer needed. God loves us so much that he wants to refine us and make us perfect in his eyes.
As we await the birth of our Lord Jesus, we are reminded that Jesus is the fulfillment of the New Covenant. Those who seek Jesus shall find rest in Him and He shall refine us, as he did with his disciples. By His gospel, He shall purify and change us and we shall be renewed in the Spirit. He will take away the impurities that are found in us. He will refine us, as he refined Zechariah. He will remove any doubt and unbelief until we shall proclaim his great glory! Amen.