Ananias and Elizabeth are the parents of John the baptizer. Often you can hear about their examples, but only few may have noticed their love story. Their relationship could be a source of encouragement to many marriages, especially to those who find it hard to produce an offspring.
Both of them were righteous before God. They are walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord and they were blameless.
Both were already old and Elizabeth was barren that’s why they have no child, yet Ananias was serving as a priest (v.5,8). Here we can see that no matter how we are obedient to Him, we should never make it as a license to demand for what we always wanted. See this couple who always waited for what God will allow. That is very important.
Luk 1:5-7 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
And they keep on praying. They have a long period of waiting for God’s answer to their prayers (13), and it’s about what every parents dreamed of-to have a child. It may seem that the answer to their prayers were late, but not in God’s term. It’s unusual to have pregnancy in one’s old age the reason Elizabeth resorted to hiding (24).
This couple shared their marriages in victory or defeat, in honor and in shame. It is devastating for couples today to see their neighbors blessed with siblings while they look at a distance with envy. You may not hear it audibly, but those people around you could be thinking that you were accursed for having no child while they were blessed with many. However, taking the example of this couple, to listen more to what God have to say than what other people expects is what matters most. You can be easily torn apart by listening to the wishes of others around you.They remained faithful to each other whatever it takes because they listened to each other, and that is because each of them also remained obedient to God. This is a beautiful story of companionship. Some relationship grow old and weary, but this one grows stronger and closer.
Luk 1:24-25 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Their patience and faithfulness was rewarded with answers to their prayers. And if you are in the same struggles that this couple had, learn from them and expect that God will also give you comfort. It may not be according to your expectation, and it could be even more. God will deal with it.