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.
Luke 2:27 says, "So he came by the Spirit into the temple." It started out like any other day until heaven interrupted and broke in on the scene. Holy Spirit led Simeon into the temple at the exact moment Christ, His Redeemer entered. What an awesome experience for this precious man. He not only looked upon the face of Jesus, but held the Son of God in his arms as He 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. However, being human he also had opportunity to miss God. What would’ve happened if he had not heard and obeyed the voice of Holy Spirit on this particular day?
The Word states very clearly 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 ignore and disregard. 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.
Each day, how many kairos moments pass us by because we haven’t taken time to listen for the voice of Holy Spirit? How many opportunities come and go because we haven’t obeyed what the Spirit has instructed?
Let us all be led by the Spirit....
Lord Jesus, I don’t ever want to miss out on anything! I know You are speaking all the time and precious Holy Spirit continually beckons me to listen and obey. I want all my steps ordered by Your sovereign direction. I pray to always recognize each kairos moment and opportunity that comes my way. I yield to Your will in my life and for each step I take to bring glory to your name. Today as I follow in Your footsteps, I expect to see Your Word and promise fulfilled in my life! Amen.
A promise is coming!