Luke 1:18-23 Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years." The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time." Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
I wonder what Elizabeth thought when Zechariah came home that evening and could not talk? It makes me CrAzY when I have a dilemma or drama and I talk to Randy about it...and he says nothing! I rant and rave until he says something! How did Elizabeth handle it for 9 months? I am sure she wanted to know how Zechariah felt about the baby...the plans and their future and exactly what happened at the temple that night.
I need my tongue bridled more often than not. I don't know how many times I speak without thinking. I read just this morning in another devotional to "put your words in gear before you put the engine in motion"! The thought of the day is "when I find myself in circumstances in which I seem to have no voice, no influence, no impact, teach me to surrender to the silence". Now that's a thought...silence.