Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Luke 2:25-26 (NIV)
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Luke 2:25-32 (MSG)
In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. And the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died.
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout [carefully observing the divine Law], and looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).” -Amplified
Those who wish to see God work mightily in their lives must learn to patiently wait while He does His good will. Simeon had been waiting a very long time to see this consolation of Israel to be brought about. This would be the comfort or compassion of God to be poured out on His people. The Holy spirit had actually revealed to Simeon that he would live to see it happen, but it had taken time for it to come about.
Jeremiah reminded the Israelites of this; “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD.” -Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)
What do we truly know about Simeon? Not really a whole lot. Many of us have assumed he was an old man that spent a lot of time at the temple waiting for the fulfillment of the Holy Spirit in his life. What we do know was that he was a righteous and devout man; which means that he was upright and God-fearing. We do know that the Holy Spirit was upon him; which would lead us to believe that he was a prophet, because in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit would come upon them.
What is most important for us to know is that Simeon was patiently waiting for the fulfillment of what the Holy Spirit had revealed to him. Not only that, but his heart and mind were constantly in tune with God. Simeon was looking for God’s revelation to happen at any moment and he was in prayerful expectancy too.
Simeon was obediently and patiently waiting; and God rewards his obedience. We find the fulfillment of the prophecy in Luke 2:27-32, “Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God: “God, you can now release your servant; release me in peace as you promised. With my own eyes I’ve seen your salvation; it’s now out in the open for everyone to see: A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations, and of glory for your people Israel.” -(MSG)
Oh, that we too could learn to be patiently and obediently waiting for God to work His good and perfect will in our lives. The same Holy Spirit that gave Simeon hope in waiting, brought about the fulfillment of that hope with great joy. God will never leave His children hanging. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].” -James 1:17 (AMP)
Let us be obediently, patiently and expectantly waiting for God to do His good and perfect will in our lives; today and every day.
Lord, I want to be looking expectantly to see what it is that you are doing in my life. Help my spiritual eyes to be open so I can recognize what it is that you are doing in and through me. Help my heart to have the right attitude; for I want to be a willing participant in your glorious work not only among your people, but also in this lost and dying World. Lord God, we desperately need your Holy Spirit to move across our World once again in this day. Fill us once again with your hope and joy.