Lord God, we have wandered near and far, searching for what only you can give. We have sought redemption through empty words and useless actions. Forgive us for our weakness and lack of faith.
Thank you, El Shaddai, for loving us anyway! Thank you for seeing the frailty of your children, and choosing to send us a Savior...Your only begotten Son! Thank you for the example He will give of loving you first, and each other second. Hallelujah and Amen!
25 A man named Simeon lived in Jerusalem. He was a good man who was devoted to God. He was waiting for the time when God would come to help Israel. The Holy Spirit was with him. 26 The Holy Spirit told him that he would not die before he saw the Messiah from the Lord. 27 The Spirit led Simeon to the Temple. So he was there when Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to do what the Jewish law said they must do. 28 Simeon took the baby in his arms and thanked God:
29 “Now, Lord, you can let me, your servant, die in peace as you said. 30 I have seen with my own eyes how you will save your people. 31 Now all people can see your plan. 32 He is a light to show your way to the other nations. And he will bring honor to your people Israel.”
Luke 2: 25-32 ERV
It's hard for me to get a grip on a nation awaiting the fulfillment of a promise for over seven hundred years. I wonder if Simeon had the nerve to tell anyone about the promise he'd been given about Jesus being born in his lifetime.
What made Simeon different? How good is good enough? Was it faith or tenacity that tethered Simeon to the promise he believed he'd received? According to some accounts, Simeon was over two hundred years old when Jesus was born. That's a lot of living and waiting!
Perhaps the prophet Isaiah gave Simeon the same hope he still gives us today in God's Word:
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end--Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 43:2 MSG
Dear Reader, as we peek into 2021, can we take a breath and lift a prayer of thanksgiving that God is never surprised or overwhelmed? And can we stand on the tiptoes of our faith as we claim God's promises to us? (Maybe, if we stand shoulder to shoulder, and lean on each other, we'll see amazing promises become reality in 2021.)
What are you hoping for this year, Dear Reader? What promises are holding onto for dear life? It would be a blessing to lift my prayer with yours.