I’ve been growing really weary and restless recently. With things culminating, I begin to wish for things to happen already, or just to be over and done with. I’m starting to get a bit tired of waiting and “learning patience”. And in the middle of all this, the root of these thoughts, is a lack of trust. I struggle in trusting in something happening/coming through when it “takes too long”. I forget about the promises God has made and His faithfulness. Despite what it says in Eccl. 3:1 “Fort everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”. I begin wanting things on my own terms, in my own timing, at my own pace and comfort.
Simeon was a guy in the bible who was noted as “righteous and devout” (Luke 2:25). Not only that, it was revealed to him that he would see the Messiah before he dies. He was a servant who faithfully served God while waiting for that promise to come through. I can’t help to think as to whether he began to doubt at times whether or not it was actually going to happen. Maybe he began to think that he misunderstood what was revealed to him, and he wasn’t actually going to see the Messiah; or maybe he didn’t doubt at all, and knew that day would eventually come. From what I’m getting at, none of that matters in comparison to what he was actually doing. He was seen as a righteous and devout man, meaning he didn’t just sit around doing nothing; he wasn’t passive while waiting for this promise. He was doing something. He was being faithful to whatever it was that God had called him to.
Then one random day, he entered into the temple where Mary and Joseph had come with Jesus for the purification process. Being filled with the Spirit, Simeon realized who it was, and how that promise has finally come through. I don’t know how old he was during this time, but when I read his words “Lord, now you ar eletting your servant depart in peace”, it gives me the impression that it could have possibly been a long time. Either way, this guy waited it out. And during that time, he served faithfully.
Passivity is never an option, and neither is complaining. In fact, I think complaining is just the same as passivity, except it is now vocalized. There’s much to learn from Simeon’s attitude and character as he awaited that day for the Messiah to be revealed to him. The amount of joy and excitement that he had must’ve been insurmountable. As cliche as it sounds, God works things in His own timing, and we being His creation, His children, need to trust in that. Trust that we have a Father who loves us, and cares for us. One who is not waiting to smite us or trick us so that we live miserable lives, but rather bless, challenge, and mold us more into the image of His Son Jesus Christ. So let’s wait and be patient with whatever God has in store, for when that time comes for Him to come through, joy and excitement is to follow.
- It seems as though it’s really easy to forget how offensive Jesus’ message was. He came down and defied everything that was of the norm, and even called some out to be sin (such as keeping the law in such a manner that it became legalism). Not only that, He stated very political and (to some ears)”sketchy” things, such as claiming to be the Son of God. I’m starting to realize how I’ve sometimes watered down the truth simply to not let the message sound as offensive, yet when I do so, I belittle the glory of God and the cross. It’s a picture of me trying to remove some of the things Jesus went through, so that it can better fit the needs of myself/others. I need to pray for more boldness and courage to proclaim God’s truth both respectfully, and without apology.
- woman prophetess