Simeon: A Promise Kept
"And then he took Him into his arms and blessed God and said, 'Now Lord, You are releasing your bond-servant to depart in peace according to your word." Luke 2:28-29
I wonder how Simeon lived his life, wondering day to day “Is this the One? I think he lived as he always did, serving God in the Temple. God made him a promise and Simeon knew that God doesn’t lie and that was enough for him.
"So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us."
Hebrews 6:17 & 18
And when that day came I can only imagine the unspeakable joy that must have filled His heart. Here at last was the Messiah!
"For my eyes have seen Your salvation." Luke 2:30
Simeon was not surprised that salvation came as a baby. He read the scriptures and believed them. Simeon lived and worked and slept; confident, assured that God’s word would come to pass.
"For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders and His name will be ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace." Isaiah 9:6
God made us a promise too. And I believe with all my heart that God,who doesn’t lie, will keep His promise. Will I worry I might miss it or that it’s not intended for me? I think not. I pray I will live my life loving and learning, sharing and working until the day that Jesus my Saviour, whom Simeon saw as a baby; calls me home.
Are you waiting? What are you doing in the mean time? Are you sharing the Good News? Are you teaching your children and grandchildren who Jesus is and the hope that we have in Him? Are you living in a way that honors Him? Are you clothing yourself with dignity and truth? Is your hope in the promises of God? I remember a saying that I’ve heard many a Christian say “Here, there or in the air." Are you waiting? Are you ready? Jesus is coming!
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also." John 14:3
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23
by Eve Montano