As they came to the temple to fulfill this requirement, an elderly man was there waiting—a resident of Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. He was a very good man, a lover of God who kept himself pure, and the Spirit of holiness rested upon him. Simeon believed in the imminent appearing of the one called “The Refreshing of Israel.” For the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he saw the Messiah, the Anointed One of God. For this reason the Holy Spirit had moved him to be in the temple court at the very moment Jesus’ parents entered to fulfill the requirement of the sacrifice. Simeon cradled the baby in his arms and praised God and prophesied, saying: “Lord and Master, I am your loving servant,
and now I can die content,
for your promise to me has been fulfilled.
With my own eyes I have seen your Word,
the Savior you sent into the world.
He will be glory for your people Israel,
and the Revelation Light for all people everywhere!”
Luke 2:25-32, The Passion Translation
It was not the first time the Lord had beckoned me to the temple courts. Many times He had taken me there to weep, to worship, to wait, and to pray. As I grew older, my expectation increased, for the Lord had made me a promise: that I would not die before seeing the Messiah with my own eyes. And so, that day, just like every other day He had beckoned me, I went to the courts and I waited. My God could be trusted, and I had settled in my heart long ago – if I meet my Promise today, I will trust God. And if I don’t, I will still trust Him. Living all these years as one who had been given the gift of hearing the Lord (my very name means “one who hears”!) in a land where His prophets had been silent for 400 years was not something I took lightly.
If He was speaking, I would trust and obey Him. And that’s all there was to it.
But this day – oh trustworthy God, this day – as I watched and I waited, a young couple entered the courts, a Baby swaddled and resting in the woman’s arms. And oh, I knew immediately that this was Him, the promised Messiah! My heart swelled up inside of me and streamed in joyous tears down my face. My frail old body moved like a young man’s, running to see the face of my King. Shaking with ecstasy, I reached for the Child, and His mother gave Him to me. For a moment I could not speak; I could hardly breathe for my weeping. I held Him close, so close to my heart which Loved Him so dearly, and I looked into His tiny face and I worshiped Him. For He was the promised One, the One that I – and not only I, but the entire world, everyone past, present, and future – had been longing for, the Revelation Light for all people everywhere.
- What has God promised you? Are you willing to obey, to watch, and to wait for as long as it takes to see the promise fulfilled?
- Are you having a hard time trusting God? He’s not afraid of your fear, of your unbelief. Ask Him to reveal to you His faithfulness, to show you who He truly is. He is faithful to hear and answer prayers like these.
- When’s the last time you ran to the Lord in ecstasy because of your intense affection for Him? Fan the flames within your soul, because you can be sure of this: you can never out-Love Him. He is furiously Loving you every moment of every day.