“I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will be silent, unable to speak, until the day these things take place.” – Luke 1:19-20

It didn’t work out well for Zechariah to question the angel who came to him. It wasn’t a good idea for him to doubt either his experience or the words the angel spoke to him.

It might be hard to prepare for such a moment. Imagine Gabriel! Can you picture what He looks like? Maybe not. Maybe you’ve never seen an angel except in an artist’s painting.

He tells us that he is one who stands in the presence of God. Here is a being who just left the presence of God, talking to you. Pretty awesome! Absolutely awe-inspiring, actually. Yet, because Zechariah did not believe Gabriel’s words, Gabriel caused him to be mute. He remained in that condition all the way up to the birth of John, and even beyond the birth, until they were about to formally name the Child.

I would recommend listening to angels when they talk to you, and resisting the urge to question what they say. It might work out better for you.