And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.Luke 1:11(ESV)
Zacharias had been chosen to offer the morning and evening sacrifice before the Lord. This was the highest honour a priest could be awarded, and it was a once in a lifetime privilege, to be selected to minister before the Lord in this way. It was in the midst of his allotted work that the angel of the Lord visited Zacharias. It was while he was going about his daily duty before the Lord that this man of God received a visitation from an angel of the Lord, and was given instructions from the God he served.
What an example to us to us to faithfully carry out the task that has been allotted to us by our Lord Jesus Christ - oh, not necessarily the activities that we would prioritise, but those that God has called us to faithfully carry out, day by day.
It may be ministering to a sick relative or bringing up a child in the way they should go. It may be faithfully carrying out ones duties in the office or working conscientiously in the school; the factory; the farm or the kitchen. It may even be that we are called to simply sit at His feet and take time, to listen to His voice.
It is unlikely that we will be visited in the manner that God chose to speak to Zacharias, for God deals with each one of his children as He chooses, and He speaks to us in different way and at different times. He mainly speaks to us thorough His Word, but may use the wisdom of a friend or guide is in the way we should go, by means of His gentle promptings within.
Let us be ready to hear His still small voice in whatever situation or circumstance of life we find ourselves, and let us trust His word implicitely, for He knows the way that we should go, if we are simply willing to listen to His voice.
Father, I pray that You would make me increasingly sensitive to Your Word and responsive to your leading and guidance. Open my ears to hear to Your still small voice within my heart, and help me to discern the the many and various messengers that you graciously place in my path. Lord, that I may love you more dearly and hear you more clearly with each passing day, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.