Hiding a Blessing

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 1:24-56.
Elizabeth, the future mother of John the Baptizer, wanted a child, but she was well advanced in years and so was her husband. Then Gabriel the angel appeared to her husband and announced that they would have a son. When it finally happened that she conceived, look at what she did, “Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people'” (Luke 1:24, 25). She hid herself, perhaps embarrassed that she, an older woman, was pregnant. She had been barren, which was a reproach to her, but being old and pregnant could also be a reproach. However, she gave glory to God and in time, she could no longer hide, and when the baby arrived, she could not keep her son secret. Blessings can be like that. We want them, but sometimes when they come, we hide them, because we are not sure how people will react. Perhaps we should do as Elizabeth did and hide it temporarily, thinking on what the Lord has done for us. Then we shall get to the point, where we can no longer hide it and people shall rejoice with us, as they eventually did with Elizabeth.

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