“ And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s [a]Christ. 7 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, [b]to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God…” Luke 2:25-52
The appointment was set, the timing was perfect…Simeon was about to see Jesus just as he was promised by the Holy Spirit. This was a divine appointment!
Simeon had an advantage in that he knew the appointment would come. He waited. Did he wake each morning wondering if today would be the day? I sense he would have excitement as he anticipated this promised meeting. I can also imagine that he may have tired from waiting. But he had word from a “very good” source. Verse 25 tells us that he was a righteous and devout man, full of the Holy Spirt. He came to the temple in the Spirit: This is how he lived.
Today, you and I have promises of a divine appointment. We have the written Word, which reveals to us what God can and will do. Our advantage is that we also know this appointment will come; we don’t know when, but it will come. We will have days of anticipation just as we will have days of wait. But we can trust, hope and rely on the promises that we have been given. Until that final divine appointment, when we see Jesus face to face, may we continue to be righteous, devout and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Acting Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.