25 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.
26 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.
27 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,
28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
How often has someone gone out of their way to confirm their love to you? When it happens is sure does feel nice. It wasn’t something that they needed to do nor something they had to do but when they did it any doubts you had were removed and the confirmation of their love was well received.
As I read about the old man Simeon, and the Christ child, I think about God going out of His way to confirm something to Mary and Joseph. Through the life of Christ, His miracles, His healings, and His resurrection, we were going to accept Him as the Savior. In fact, many Christians do not even remember Simeon’s name when asked who he was. But for Mary and Joseph Simeon was a confirmation that they had done the right thing, a confirmation of the hand of God upon them.
Here is an old man to whom God had uniquely communicated that he would see the promised One spoken of by the prophets 500-700 years earlier. Every day that he went to the Temple, Simeon was anticipating parents bringing in a child for dedication. Finally, when he held the Christ child, Simeon knew from God that this was the One. As Simeon proclaimed God’s message to the world, Mary and Joseph would know in their hearts that Simeon’s message was for them from God to confirm His will in their lives. Yes, both Mary and Joseph trusted the Lord and found themselves someplace they could not have gotten alone. In that place God confirmed that He was guiding their lives and that they had done the right thing.
When we follow the Lord we will know that following Him was the right thing to do. His guidance will be clear and His confirmation will be our assurance.
The Csire baby I mentioned yesterday is now breathing on her own. Continue to pray for her healing and that their will not be permanent damage to her little brain.
We do have our regularly scheduled prayer and Bible study tonight. If you are not working tomorrow consider joining us for prayer at 7:45.
As Christmas approaches, remember those who have lost loved ones this year as the holidays are particularly difficult times for them. Call the families of those you know just to check in and to confirm your love.
Have a great day in the Lord,