One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.
Luke 1:8-9 (NLT)
I thrive on routine and structure. So September always means leaving the free form summer schedule and settling into the rhythm of fall classes, meetings, and football. Even though many aspects about 2020 differ, much of the Sept-to-June schedule persists. I’m establishing a steady everyday routine.
God uses us in our everyday routines.
Today’s focus verse is an ordinary, everyday verse. Zechariah has been following this routine his whole life, destined for priesthood from birth. Ever since rising to the priesthood Zechariah has left his family twice a year for a week in order to serve at the Temple. This pious old priest faithfully honors the routine with pleasure. And this day seems to be a typical one devoted to serving God and the community.
On this routine day, God chose Zechariah.
This ordinary day became extraordinary when Zechariah was chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to light incense in the sanctuary. Thousands of priests faithfully performed their duties hoping to be the one chosen. God knew Zechariah’s steady faithfulness to his duties and that he’d be at the Temple on this precise day.
God had been waiting to use Zechariah in His plan.
The ordinary-turned-extraordinary day became the highlight of Zechariah’s life. Inside the sanctuary God revealed His plan for Zechariah’s son, the one who would prepare the way for the Messiah. God chose Zechariah to raise and train John the Baptist.
Do your days feel routine and ordinary? Remain steady and serve Him faithfully. God sees. He might actually rely on your everyday routine to use you unexpectedly.
Many ordinary people have been used by God unexpectedly:
Anna was also in the right place at the right time for God to use her.
And God sometimes redefines the everyday, ordinary life.
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