Daily Read – Numbers 24:1-25:18; Luke 2:1-35; Psalm 59:1-17; Proverbs 11:14
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon,
and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
So he came by the Spirit into the temple.
And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus,
to do for Him according to the custom of the law,
he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
"Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel."
The name Simeon means: One who hears and obeys.
This faithful man of God waited to see the promised Messiah knowing he would not see death until his eyes gazed upon the face of his redemption. He walked faithfully with God fully expecting the fulfillment of God's promise to him.
In Luke 2:27 it says, "So he came by the Spirit into the temple." It started out like any other day until heaven interrupted this ordinary day. The Holy Spirit of God led Simeon into the temple at the exact moment Christ, His Redeemer came. What an awesome experience this had to be for this precious man. He not only looked upon Jesus with his eyes, but also held Him in his arms and blessed Him.
Our Lord always does exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think. God honored Simeon by allowing him to physically touch and hold his salvation and the Savior of the world!
Obviously, Simeon was a devout man of God having a close and intimate relationship with His heavenly Father. Being a mere man, however, he also had opportunity to miss God. What would have happened if he had not heard and obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit on this particular day?
The Word states very clearly that the Spirit led him to the temple for such a time. Like all of us, Simeon had a choice to listen and obey or to disregard and ignore. The latter would have been tragic as he would have missed the most tremendous and glorious event of his life. Praise God, he was true to his namesake; he heard and obeyed the voice of the Spirit.
How many Kairos moments pass us by each day because we have not taken the time to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit? How many opportunities come and go because we have not obeyed what the Spirit has instructed us?
Let us all be led by the Spirit....
Lord Jesus, I do not want to miss out on anything! I know You are speaking all of the time and the precious Holy Spirit continually beacons me to listen and obey. I want all of my steps ordered by Your sovereign direction. I pray that I will recognize each Kairos moment and opportunity that comes my way. I yield to Your will in my life and pray that each step I take brings You glory. As I follow in Your footsteps, I expect to see Your Word and promise fulfilled in my life today. Amen.
A promise awaits discovery!