The scripture for today is Luke 2:25-32.
25 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. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 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, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
The story of Simeon shows us that patience pays off in large ways. I think of Simeon as an older man who led a satisfying life except that he wants to see his savior and he knows that the Messiah is coming. Only he doesn’t know when. As I studied this text, I realized that the devout Jewish believers understood that Christ was coming to save the Jews and all others. This revelation had passed me by in the past but now makes me realize that God is transparent in his declarations to save all of us.
This fact also shows me how futile it is for some human political systems to try and get in the way of God’s plan. He will not be thwarted, and God always has his way.
So, I stand in awe today and always in the realization that our God loves us unconditionally, realizes how broken we are and still will save us. He truly is an awesome God.
Lord, I am so thankful that you show me every day that Your love is unconditional. Amen.
Rob Carrothers firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those who need patience in their lives.