Day 29 – Seeing Clearly
On: November 29, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“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.'” [Luke 2:27-32]

Simeon had wider vision than Zechariah (Day 19), seeing that the salvation this child was to bring would be for all people, not just Israel. There are three references to sight: “my eyes have seen”, “in the sight of all nations”, “a light for revelation”. His introductory words; “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised …” were quite legitimate, coming, as they did, from a lifetime waiting on God’s presence. His clarity of sight came from mulling over God’s promises, not just in Scripture, but from his own time spent with God. It took the disciples a lot longer to see just who Jesus was. The religious leaders of the day would not see it, nor indeed do many today, even with knowledge of the same passages of scripture that Simeon had access to. The difference? I would suggest it was time spent with God listening to Him. Simeon spent a lot and saw clearly. The longer we spend with God, the clearer we’ll see His ways and understand His plans. It’s a simple equation; one that will put our priorities to the test.

A light for revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel

Prayer:

Father God, I want to see You more clearly. I want to understand Jesus better. Grant me the desire and discipline to spent time with You, that I might do both better. Amen.

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