Sunday devotion 2024

You Have Not Been Overlooked ~ Sunday Devotion

In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. Luke 1:5-7 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like a failure? Felt inadequate? Wondered if God overlooked you? Felt forgotten? You’re following God, trying to do the right thing, but it just never feels like enough. You don’t feel like enough.  

Zechariah and Elizabeth were living right. They obeyed the law, and God saw them as righteous. And yet, Elizabeth was barren. This was the ultimate in feeling less than and forgotten by God. “Did we get overlooked?” What had they done wrong? Why had they not been blessed with offspring? Others would make judgments about them because of this perceived failure. 

It’s somewhat embarrassing to relate being childless to weight loss and body size, but it’s the world we live in. (At least, it’s a world I lived in.) In that culture, a woman would feel like a failure if she was unable to have a child. Fast forward to today, and women are now judged by their looks. We feel like failures if we can’t succeed on a diet or don’t look a certain way. I felt like this was a judgment against me by God – that I was an insecure, homely girl. Why did He make me like this? When He looked at His creation, I felt like He overlooked me. 

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We know the rest of the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. She did conceive. She did have a baby. She gave birth to the man who paved the way for Christ. God had a plan. He didn’t overlook Elizabeth. He didn’t overlook me. And He hasn’t overlooked you. 

Even though she was “advanced in age,” as one version describes her, God still had a plan. She remained faithful to the Lord, and He was faithful to her.

God made you special just as you are. You are not a failure. You are not inadequate. You are enough because God in you is more than enough. 

Are you embracing your age and stage of life? Have you let your feelings of inadequacy distract you from living? God still has things to do in you and through you. Will you let Him?

Action Step: Stay faithful to the Lord. He sees you, and He knows you. Embrace your age and stage of life and be prepared for the great things He still has in store for you. 

Happy Sunday! 

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