Waiting on a leader

Luke Bible Background

03.18.2016 New Testament: Luke 1.21–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 1.1–23 on March 18, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Zacharias, the future father of John the Baptist, served in the temple, but he delayed to come out and the people wondered what was going on,

And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless (Luke 1.21–22).

Moses also served God and the people questioned where the man, who had delivered them from Egypt, had gone. Jesus did not immediately go to the family of Lazarus when he died, and one of Lazarus’s sisters reminded Jesus of that fact.

Leaders among God’s people exist first for God and then for God’s people. Please keep that in mind when you start to get impatient with a church leader’s absence.


  • Have you grown impatient for a church leader, but found out later that he had a good reason for his delay?
  • How can you support church leaders more?

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