“Too good to be true.” How many times has the announcement of good news been met with these words? The job that has been secured after months of searching. The scholarship that ensures the college of your dreams. The still, small heartbeat of the new life you’ve begged, prayed, and pleaded for. It’s just all too good to be true.In the aftermath of such news is where we meet Zechariah and Elizabeth in Luke 1:21-25. Within this passage, one that is so easy to pay no mind to, we see a shimmering revelation of the character of God, displayed in a way that should point our eyes in awe to the Father.
Earlier in chapter 1 of Luke
, we read that when met with the promise of a child who will “make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17 NIV
), Zechariah responds with doubt and disbelief. Like so many of us, his desire in the promise is for proof: “how can I be sure of this?”(Luke 1:18 NIV
). When faced with that which feels too good to be true our human nature points us towards doubt and disbelief – “how can I be sure? Can God really be good enough, kind enough, faithful enough to provide something so good?” So often, my fear of disappointment fuels my disbelief, as it did Zechariah's, rendering him speechless. Yet, our stories don’t end there. In Luke 1:24-25
, we see that Elizabeth does conceive a child; as it always is, the promise of the Lord proves true and is never left unfulfilled. And what is her response? In her joy, she declares, “The Lord has done this for me.” He has done the impossible, the unfathomable. He has met the one desire that felt too big, too good to be asked for. When we look at this story, we see with great clarity a God who provides. We see a God who creates and who forms life out of nothingness. We see a God who delights in giving His children the desires of their hearts.
Yet on a much greater scale we see another piece of the thread that has woven through the whole of Scripture. We see yet another story of a God who keeps His promises. A God who remains faithful and true regardless of our doubt and disbelief. How comforting it is to know that our God is not swayed by our fear, but instead loves us so deeply, so perfectly that He never deviates from His good and perfect plan.We have seen the promise. We have seen Him fulfill His word. So, as we continue through this Advent season, may we constantly be reminded of His faithfulness and be a people who press onward in trust, knowing that no matter what, our God cannot fail. He is the Promise Keeper, even when the promise feels too good to be true.