Luk 1:57 Then the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she had a son.
Luk 1:58 And her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had enlarged his mercy to her, and they celebrated with her.
Luk 1:59 And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were planning to name him with the name of his father Zechariah.
Luk 1:60 But his mother in replying said no, instead he will be named John.
Luk 1:61 And they said to her, “There is no relative of yours who is called by this name.”
Luk 1:62 So they made signs to his father, wondering what he wanted him to be named,
Luk 1:63 and having asked for a writing tablet, he wrote this: “John is his name.” And they were all shocked.
Luk 1:64 And his mouth and his tongue were opened immediately, and when he started speaking, he was praising God.
Luk 1:65 And fear came on all those who lived near them, and in all the hill country of Judea all these events were discussed.
Luk 1:66 And all those who heard kept those words in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be? because the hand of the Lord was really with him!”
his hand with you
What happened to Zechariah demonstrated to the people in his community that God’s hand was with John in a very special way. It did not guarantee John a perfect, happy life, but it did guarantee that John would make a significant difference in his world. His hand is you too. Because God had called you to his purpose, some extraordinary things are going to happen. It is all part of his plan to rescue a people for himself for eternity, and if you are his, you are part of that plan.
LORD, thank you for your miraculous hand, and the impact we can have because you have promised to be with us.