“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David” (Luke 1:68-69, NLT).
Zechariah was so enthused about the birth of his son John (the Baptist) that he broke out in song. His song was filled with hopeful optimism because he realized that God had not forgotten his people. The interesting thing about Zechariah’s song is the verb tense. God HAS visited…God HAS redeemed…God HAS sent a mighty Savior…” It’s important because he sang his song before the birth of Jesus. That’s hope!
The writer of Hebrews defines faith as “the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about the things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1, NLT). Zechariah is a good illustration of one whose hope is confident about God’s faithfulness to remember his own.
Many times we may wonder if God has forgotten us. We cannot interpret God’s silence with inactivity. God is always at work and he never ever forgets his children.