“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”Luke 2:25-30
Simeon was a man who trusted in God’s timing. He waited patiently for the arrival of the Messiah, and when the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death before seeing the Lord’s Christ, Simeon eagerly went to the temple to await the arrival of Jesus. And when Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to be dedicated, Simeon took him up in his arms and praised God, thanking Him for the salvation that had been prepared before all people.
Like Simeon, we are called to trust in God’s timing and His plans for our lives. We may not always understand why things happen the way they do, or why we have to wait for certain things, but we can trust that God is in control and that He has a purpose for everything.
So if you are feeling anxious or frustrated about something in your life, take a lesson from Simeon and trust in God’s timing. Trust that He has a plan and a purpose, and that He will work everything out for your good.
Help me to trust in Your timing and Your plans for my life. When I am feeling anxious or frustrated, remind me that You are in control and that You have a purpose for everything. Give me the strength and patience to wait on Your will, and to trust in Your goodness and grace. Amen.