How Can I Know This?

My favorite Synoptic Gospel is Luke. We read Zechariah asking the angel this question: “How can I know this?” Basically, Zechariah is saying, “Hey, how can I be sure of this? How can I know that this is true?” Certainly the angel was delivering some big news that seemed highly unlikely. Zechariah and his wife were old in age and the angel was declaring that they would have a child. Yet when Zechariah asked this question — when he said how can it be — Zechariah was silenced until the birth of his son.

We all want answers. I think if we are honest, we would all ask how can I know this if we were promised something that seemed impossible. In Mark, we read about a man who said, “I believe. Help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). If we pretend we always believe, if we act as if we do not sway or question at times, we miss out on an honest, raw, and real relationship with God. Let us all say, “I believe. Help my unbelief.” Your faith will grow as your relationship with God grows.

The problem with this question is that it’s only answered when it happens. You can only know when you see it with your eyes. Remember, blessed are those who believe without seeing (John 20:29). This is faith. Trusting. Believing. Today, as you may want all the answers — as you want to know — instead, rest in Him. Seek Him. He has the best plan. That we know is true.

‘”How can I know this?’ Zechariah asked the angel. ‘For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.’” – Luke 1:18 [CSB]

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