Luke 1:24”….After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying….”
Broadcasting pregnancy and posting pics of baby bumps is current trend in the social media! Crazy! But look what we read today, Elizabeth, wife of priest Zechariah was highly favored by God and she became pregnant at a very advanced age in her life; however, the Bible says that she hid herself for five months. Women of today would have gone bonkers and announced it on every social media possible with selfie pics! Even when you reveal your mood through emoticons, it talks a lot to the people, they read between the lines: ‘may be she had a fight with her husband, may be she lost her job, may be he is fired, may be he is not doing well financially….etc. ‘ Ah, do people know the spelling of ‘ silence’ anyway, it’s all about making noise and posting everything on facebook wall….
The true mark of spiritual maturity is to learn to ‘stay quiet”. The Bible says in Proverbs 10:19 “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” We live in a world where the “toughest survive”, the “loudest are lauded” and the ‘aggressive ones are appreciated”. Having worked for many years in public sectors and multinational companies, I have seen how the boisterous ones excel.
Elizabeth spent that time with God in silent celebration praising Him for all His goodness, read, ” God looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.” Today celebration is all about throwing booze party and emptying the wallet without God in the agenda! Roger Federer admits he woke up with a sore head after celebrating a record eighth Wimbledon triumph until 5am on Monday morning. “My head is ringing,” Federer said at a press conference, ‘I drank too many different types of drinks I guess.”
Elizabeth celebrated her joy hidden with God! What a difference!