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An Expectant Heart

Published 1/21/20

Read Luke 2:25-32

"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. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 'Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.'"


Reflect

What was the salvation and light that Simeon spoke of?


Simeon willed his aged legs to carry him quickly to the temple courts. A sense of urgency consumed him. He nodded to those who stopped to call out his name in respect, but he didn't stop to pass the time of day. He wasn't sure why or what lie ahead, but today was an important day. He recognized the powerful but tender nudging of the Holy Spirit (Luke 2:27). It was vital that he be present in the temple courts, and he hastened to obey that calling.


When Simeon arrived, he bent to catch his breath. Once his heart slowed down, he stood and gazed at the temple. It was in this place that he felt the most at home. He had spent his life studying the Law and serving God. He loved to share the stories of the Lord's great deeds and the rich history of the Jewish faith with the younger ones who clamored to hear him. He was a prophet, a man of God, and the temple was his sanctuary--not a mere building, but a consecrated place. This was where he could give back to God what he had been given so generously. This is where He worshipped day after day. Many listened when he spoke, but Simeon did not seek man's approval. His only desire was to please and serve God.


Pray

Lord Jesus, thank You for being the Light of the World, our Salvation. Help me to be Your servant, to live to please You. Amen.

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