Today’s Reading: Luke 2-3
Today’s Reflection: Luke 2:29-30
29) “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30) for my eyes have seen your salvation.”
Simeon, a man the scriptures describe as righteous and devout received a promise from the Holy Spirit: that he would see the Messiah before he died. He waited his whole life, continuing to believe that God would bring to pass what He had promised. Then one day, when he was old and near death, Simeon was impressed by the Holy Spirit to visit the temple. While there he saw two parents bring their child to be blessed and dedicated to the Lord.
The parents were Mary and Joseph, and their child was Jesus (Luke 2:25-27).
Simeon praised God for allowing him to see the Messiah, salvation to Israel and the Gentiles alike, before his death (Luke 2:29-32).
God makes promises to each of us as well. Some of these are promises God makes to all of us through His written word, the Bible (logos). Some of these promises are things God speaks into our lives through the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives (rhema). Either way, these are assurances God makes to us for encouragement and to strengthen us.
But like Simeon, at times we have to be patient to see God’s Word for our lives come to pass. It is a matter of faith (of living as though what may not yet be already is), of trust (believing that God’s Word is assurance enough), and of love (recognizing that everything God does in our lives, even His chastening and correction, is because of His love for us).
Though we may be tempted to give up on God’s promises as we wait, God’s Word has never failed yet. Be encouraged that even if it takes a lifetime, God always keeps His promises.
Joshua 23:14 – “And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the LORD your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.”