I have been having this phrase ‘bite size Bible study’ rolling around inside of me for a while. It’s not that all we need is just a bite of truth. It’s not that five minutes is the grand goal of time with the Lord.
But – it IS that sometimes what I really need is one bite. One thought. One message to chew chew chew on all day. One direction to point my heart towards as I put my Bible down. Sometimes my brain is just too scattered to go in many directions and I am called back to the simplicity of the moment in God.
So, how about a quick Bite Size Bible Study my friend?
Here’s what I read this morning:
Luke 1:13 “But the angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.’ “
Two things – don’t be afraid (insert your name here) and God HAS heard your prayer. Oh man don’t those two things go hand in hand? If I was truly confident that God has heard my prayers, my cries, my whispers – then why would I ever have need of being afraid???
Granted – this portion of Scripture is truly referring to Zechariah’s fear of seeing Gabriel – a mighty angel – right in front of his very eyes. But as I read it this morning, I could hear the Spirit of God just saying ‘This is for you. Don’t be afraid my girl because I HAVE heard your prayer.’
If you read on in the chapter – it goes on to detail God’s answered prayer for John and Elizabeth of a son. And boy oh boy – not just any son. Did their waiting pay off? Yes, yes it did. Did God honor their decision to wait and trust and not turn their hearts off to Him in the meantime? Yes, yes He did.
So, today friend – don’t be afraid. God hears you. And the wait will be worth it.