In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest of Abijah’s division named Zechariah. His wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. But they had no children because Elizabeth could not conceive, and both of them were well along in years.
Luke 1:5-7 CSB
If anything should give us hope, it is this. Being found “righteous in God’s sight”, still…they were not given children.
Can’t you imagine the waiting and praying…and the shame. In their culture, it was a sign of divine displeasure to be childless. Now they were old. For many years they had borne the disgrace and misunderstanding. Perhaps they attended the bar mitzvah’s of their friends’ children – and then grandchildren. While their friends’ families had grown and now included happy little ones chasing each other around, laughing, Zechariah and Elilzabeth always felt the silence when they returned home. Just the two of them.
But they continued to have faith in God and His promises. Their worship, after all, was real, and not based on what God did, or did not, do for them. Nor was it legalistic. We know this because the Bible says they were righteous in God’s sight; their faith came from their hearts. They were not Pharisees – those who tended to go through the outward motions of religion, but had no real relationship with God.
This priest and his wife were living examples of scripture penned years after their lives on earth had ended: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.