Day 28 – Waiting
On: November 28, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“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 …” [Luke 2:25-26]

Simeon intrigues me. He reminds me of that mysterious character, Melchizedek, King of Salem, who stepped out of nowhere for 3 verses (Genesis 14:18-20) to bless Abraham … and then disappeared from view. Simeon packs a lot into his 11 verse appearance. But he’s no action man. We are told that he had been waiting, for a lifetime, for the one who would be Israel’s saviour. God’s hand was on him before the general outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. He had been told he would see the Messiah before he died. And that moment had come.

We’ll look at his glorious outburst of praise tomorrow, but for now I’d like to dwell on that lifetime of waiting. Did he get bored, give up hope, try and make things happen, wander off when they didn’t? I’m a firm believer that anticipation is a key part of anything good – planning that holiday, the smell of a Sunday roast in the oven, climbing the stairs to your seat at the theatre … the journey is part of the experience. The fact that Simeon was righteous and devout tells me that he was experiencing the salvation that would come from Jesus even before Jesus had been born. I’ll wager that his life was fulfilling and he was full of a joy that all could see.

Where are we today? Simeon was a step further on from Abraham. We are a step further on from Simeon. Jesus has come and the Spirit poured out on all those who will accept Him as Saviour. These have already entered into Eternal Life, a way of living in close relationship and harmony with their Heavenly Father. Are you one of them? Does your life reflect that of Simeon’s, content with the expectation of a greater fulfilment to come?

God revealing Himself through the run of History goes something like this: Creation –> God speaks to individuals –> Israel as His Chosen People –> Jesus born –> Holy Spirit comes –> The Church as His adopted family on Earth –> Jesus’ Return –> All together for eternity. We’re currently at stage 6; one more to go.  Bring it on!

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you – Isaiah 26:3

SummerHouse[My summerhouse is where I try to wait, be still and enjoy contentment in God’s presence.]

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