Sometimes, I visit a website that has some great devotionals, and although the site is called, Christian Woman Online, it would benefit men too. Here is a link to today’s devotions: http://christianwomenonline.net/2015/01/21/waiting-here-for-you/
“Waiting Here For You”
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah ~ not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
~ Jeremiah 31:31-33
The writer used these verses in Jeremiah to show what it must have been like for Simeon and Anna to wait for the Savior of the world to be born. They frequented the temple where Jesus was to be brought as a baby to be circumcised, and where Mary would offer sacrifices for her first born.
Simeon and Anna had been waiting ~ it seems like nearly all their lives ~ to see that promise of old fulfilled. I have been thinking about these two a lot over the past few days. Can’t you just see Simeon there, wrinkled and steadfast, waiting day after day to see God’s Word realized? I like to think that he was quick to tell all of the old stories ~ relishing every miracle, every deliverance, every testament to God’s faithfulness. I like to think of the spark in his eyes as he stood firm on the foundation of who God had shown Himself to be, the fervor in his voice as he worshiped the One he knew would not fail to fulfill His promise.
Then there’s Anna, a woman who had been widowed for most of her life. Luke tells us that she never left the temple. Her love of God was greater than anything else the world could have offered her. She worshiped, fasted, and prayed day and night. It seems to me that her whole life was a living sacrifice to the Lord.
The author, Christie Lambert, goes on to ask, what if they hadn’t waited? What if they had given up on the promise, on the vision, and on the expectant birth of Jesus? Their lives would have been so different.
Simeon would not have been able to hold the baby Jesus, and Anna would not have been there to see Mary at the temple with the baby that would become the Savior of the world.
…But, they didn’t give up! They held on to God’s promises tightly, and they waited. They waited a long time for this to happen.
It was worth it!
In one way or another, I believe that we are all waiting on God. I don’t know what promises you are waiting to see fulfilled in your life. But I do know that He is true to His Word ~ the end of that verse from James 1:17 assures us that there is no shadow of turning with Him, no variation. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8
Christie went on to say that she learned some lessons from Simeon and Anna:
Here’s what Simeon and Anna teach me ~ we must wait with expectation, no matter how long it takes. We must leave room for Him to fulfill things in His own way, in His own time. So many of the men and women waiting on the Messiah did not understand that this baby born into a simple Jewish family was their Savior… because He did not look like the Messiah they had planned on receiving. They had latched onto their own ideas and their own wisdom… and so they could not see what God was doing. His ways and plans for us are different than ours (Isaiah 55:8) ~ higher, better, and beyond what we can imagine for ourselves. We must wait, too, with obedience. When the Spirit urged Simeon to go into the temple courts, he went. He and Anna both were tuned into the voice of God and they could hear His next direction, their next steps. Their hearts and their minds were set on Him. Their lives were filled with worship, which reminds us of who He is ~ our great and faithful God, and who we are ~ His children, loved beyond measure.
Christie urges us to hold on to God’s promises. Like Anna and Simeon, we need to be steadfast and unwavering in our faith and worship of God. Christie ends with this verse: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23
I hope you enjoyed this encouragement from “Waiting Here for You” as much as I did!
Dear Lord, I am reminded to be watchful, and to continue to have patience in waiting for You to return. Like Anna, help me to hold fast to Your promises for that great reward of being with You some day. Let my worship be pleasing to You. Help me again to focus on You, and not let distractions deter me from following You daily. Amen.