“Those Who Wait Upon The Lord”

Simeon (Luke 2:25-32) is an example, in my understanding, of someone who learned to wait upon the LORD. If you know your Old Testament well, you may recall the amazing promise given through Isaiah where we are assured – “HE (that is the LORD) gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; {Part of the human condition, even for youth, is weariness. We run out of energy. We prove regularly that we are finite and very limited in our own strength.} but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength (KJV – “wait upon the LORD”). They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

In Luke 2, as Jesus is brought to the temple in an act of consecration by his parents, we meet Simeon. Here are some simple observations about this godly senior.
a) He was living in Jerusalem, the city of the great king; (Psalm 48:1,2)
b) He was righteous and devout, a serious follower of Yahweh, the God of Israel, who had preserved a remnant of faithful followers within the nation;
c) He was waiting for the consolation (comfort) of Israel. Simeon believed Yahweh’s promises and waited for their fulfillment. As an application – we may live our lives waiting upon the LORD or worrying, wasting energy in fruitless activities or looking to the LORD and remaining faithful.
d) He experienced the work of the Holy Spirit. Typically through the Old Testament the Holy Spirit rests on individuals, empowering them for service, equipping them for a task. There is no textual evidence that he was a priest, but simply a devout individual who was seeking to love the LORD his God with ALL his heart and ALL his soul and with ALL his strength and with ALL his might. The Spirit was upon him, the Spirit moved him and ordered his life. May we be counted among this number!
e) He experienced the revelation of God’s truth. The LORD had assured him his death would not occur until he had physically seen the Messiah, the Christ, the one whose birth, life, death and resurrection would bring the long-awaited comfort Israel sought. And now that day had come. This “divine appointment” in God’s perfect plan caused a faithful senior follower of Yahweh to meet God in human form.
What’s the application? God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) Those who “seek” God, “find” Him.
What an amazing opportunity awaits any who will seek God in His word, who will prioritize (Seek first the kingdom….) God above all other lesser priorities in 2015.

How does Simeon express his gratitude to God?
With God-in-human form in his arms, he praises God. Sovereign Lord, (the one who rules over Israel, over me) as you have promised, (he recognizes God’s fulfillment of His own prediction); you now dismiss your servant in peace. (I may die in shalom – God’s peace. LORD, you are and have always been faithful to me.) For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for the revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” God’s prepared Saviour had come. Jesus, the Saviour, had “pitched his tent/tabernacled among us.” This “light” which was now shining was to bring gospel hope to the nations of the world and also reveal God’s “glory” to His own people.

What a Saviour! What a “senior’s moment” Simeon was having! What a Spirit-led example provided for us and recorded in God’s word.

“Come, Thou long-expected Jesus……”

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