Daily Bible Reading: Luke 1

[5] In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. [8] Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,
[11] And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
[13] But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.
[18] Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” [19] The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. ​(Luke 1:5,8,11,13,18-19 NASB)
I have read this story countless times. As I read this morning, I paused to think about Gabriel, the angel, the messenger of God. Gabriel stated his identity as one ‘who stands in the presence of God.’ (Consider the word ‘stands,’ which implies something which is ongoing. It was not a one time event.) This seems to be a pretty good characteristic of one who seeks to accurately communicate messages from God.
We have been given the assignment of being witnesses for Jesus Christ. We are to carry the message, the Good News to those who have not heard. Perhaps we should more intentionally seek to emulate Gabriel, continually standing in the presence of God.