Simeon and Anna - Examples for a New Year

"Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,  Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel."

The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.  Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,  so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too." 

 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem."   Luke 2:21-38

God is at work around us – never ceasing – always working.  But, in order to see Him and His ways we need to have opened eyes like Simeon and Anna did.  For the most part God does not shield our eyes so His ways are hidden, rather we more often than not make choices to close our eyes and miss the work of God around us.

Are your eyes open and watching?
Too often the schedule of the day or a list of priorities distract from our being able to see God’s divine appointments.  Having open eyes to spiritual reality requires instead a decision to put all schedules and personal priorities before the throne of God and then allow Him to lead.  A concrete and self-driven heart has to be exchanged for a humble and God-fearing heart that is always on the look-out to where God may be moving or working.  And when that type of heart finds a God given path, it has to have a ready and willing spirit to follow wherever God may lead it.

Sometimes joining God’s work requires action; sometimes it requires repentance; sometimes it requires silence; and sometimes it requires worship.  But no matter what joining God requires, He asks for responses like Simeon and Anna showed in the text, immediate and obedient responses.  Responses that show devotion to the Lord of the circumstance without a worry of what their act of faith may cost them.

Every day we each have a choice as to how we will respond to God at work around us.  The choice starts before the day begins when we make the decision of who will be the lord of our day.  This year the best resolution you could make would be to start each day with the decision to let Jesus be the Lord of your life.

Happy New Year!


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