Date: December 22, 2013 11:48 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Waiting for God
Waiting for God
“Simeon . . . was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. . . . Anna . . .never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying” (Luke 2:25, 36-37).
Scripture Focus:Luke 2:25-38
Scholars feel Simeon may have been a Hasidim, a Jewish minority known for their worship of God and for keeping His Law with a pure heart. Simeon had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would live to see the Lord's Christ.
This man walked closely with God. The Holy Spirit was upon him and spoke to him. After a lifetime of waiting, Simeon was led by the Spirit one day to the temple. When he saw the couple holding an infant, he knew his moment had come. Taking Jesus, King of Glory, into his aged arms, he praised with an overflowing heart, “My eyes have seen your salvation!”
Anna the prophetess joined them to give thanks for Jesus. For many decades after her husband's death she had devoted herself to praying, fasting, and worshiping God day and night in the temple.
Many believers live in anticipation of the second coming of the Messiah. When He comes, will He find an Anna and a Simeon among us laboring in prayer, consumed by the wonder of the wait?
Insight: Ask the Lord to lift your eyes from the everyday things that absorb your attention. Let Him stir up within you a passion for Jesus' return.
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