Zechariah was old. His hope of having a son was gone, but he had a great life. He got to serve in the temple of God. He could not have known how his life would change one morning as he took his turn in the service of God. Luke tells us:
“Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.” (Luke 1:8-9).
While in that temple the angel of the Lord spoke to him. He was told that in their old age he and Elizabeth would have a son. You probably know the story of that boy as he grew to be John the Baptist.
Look back at that text and see five words, “he was chosen by lot.” It reads like it was just by chance that he went into the temple that day. He was “chosen by lot.”
Those of us who know God’s Word and way know that Zechariah’s presence in the temple and before the angel was not an accident. Yes, it was a game of chance that allowed his to enter the temple, but it was God who directed the game that day. It was God who made the lot fall on him. In this case “chosen by lot” means that God worked the circumstance for the will of his own plan and his own child.
Chosen by lot still works in us all. Perhaps you are where you are today because of many possible reasons.
1. The circumstances of life have just worked out that way.
2. You have ignored the door God has opened before you.
3. You have made decisions without consulting God.
4. God has placed many doors (opportunities) before you.
5. God placed before you a special door and you went through it.
Perhaps you are where you are because you were chosen by lot, God’s lot.
Some days I wake up in my Virginia home and believe God has chosen that lot for me. Some days I wake up and look at my Caribbean beach and believe that is God’s lot. Some days I walk endless through airports and trust that God has that plan for me too.
Chosen by lot means that you believe that God is working in your life and has a plan for you, even if you cannot see it right now.
So, what lot has God chosen for you? It is a question that you have to ask and answer.