Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
by: Gabrielle Watt.
As Gabriel said it would happen, Elizabeth and Zechariah had a baby boy, those who heard about the baby were joyful, and Zechariah was still mute. Then, Zechariah was given an opportunity to exercise his faith. When he was asked what he would like to name his son, he wrote that his son’s name was John, in full recognition that it was not his decision to make, because God had already named his son. God then opened Zechariah’s mouth and the first thing he did was to praise God. Other than God always keeping His promises, there is a major takeaway: If you are alive, it is not too late to have faith.'