Never Stop Waiting
Selections From Luke 2
There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah…. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law, Simeon took Him up in his arms, praised God, and said: “Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, according to Your word. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples – a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to Your people Israel.”
Most of us would have given up on God years before. But you get the feeling that Simeon never lost hope in God’s promise. If he was to see the Messiah in his lifetime, then God was just going to have to extend his lifetime. And Simeon would be there waiting.
Waiting requires trust. To stand on a rainy sidewalk waiting for your wife to pick you up after work is to trust that she’ll be there as soon as she can. To wait for the start of football season is to trust that, come September, your favorite team will be teeing it up. For Simeon, waiting didn’t mean he knew exactly what he was waiting for. There were no three-simple-steps for spotting the Messiah. His motivation for waiting was based on one thing alone. He trusted God. And that made it worth the wait.
Look At It This Way …
The Lord graciously laid me aside once in my life for a number of months and put me, spiritually, into utter darkness. It was almost as though he had forsaken me, almost as though nothing was going on and I had really come to the end of everything. And then by degrees, he brought things back again. We cannot face the thought that God will keep us aside for so long a time; we cannot bear to wait. And of course, I cannot tell you how long he will take. It will seem as though nothing is happening; as though everything you valued is slipping from your grasp. There confronts you a blank wall with no door in it. Seemingly, everyone is being blessed and used, while you yourself have been passed by and are losing out. Lie quiet. All is in darkness, but it is only for a night. It must indeed be a full night, but that is all. Afterwards, you will find that everything is given back to you in glorious resurrection; and nothing can measure the difference between what was before and what now is!
A Final Thought:
Waiting doesn’t come with instructions, shortcuts, and high adventure. But what it lacks in fun, it makes up for in fulfillment. God’s blessings come to those who wait in faith.
Have an Excellent Week!