advent devotional day 15, to know hope

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 on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.27 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, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

    you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

We can expect great things from the Lord if we hope for them
I only copied down a few verses of the entire passage I’m referring to today.  Please read Luke 2:22-38 in its entirety before going on.   I love this piece of the story because, it was not when Jesus was full grown and resurrected that Simeon saw Him, but when He was a child.  The amount of faith he must have had to be “moved by the spirit” to go to the temple courts and find Joseph and Mary bringing their son for a “routine purification”, and to know that it was what the Lord promised him; that is something.

Many times we do not even hear God’s voice clearly, let alone be so moved that we act.  Perhaps Simeon was prepared to go on this day?  Perhaps he was anxiously waiting because the Lord had told him previously that He would see the Messiah before he died?  Whatever the case, he was guided by the Spirit on that day to go, and he did in fact meet the Savior of the world.

To know a real hope
I once heard the word “hope” defined as “a confident expectation… the faithful waiting and anticipation of the Lord’s promise.”  Our definition as humans is far from a faithful anticipation, but rather, a wavering “maybe this will happen, and maybe it won’t.”  Simeon’s behavior tells us that he was experiencing a biblical hope as opposed to a human hope.  His actions show us that he was aware of the promise of the Lord and expecting to see them come to fruition.  He was faithfully anticipating, he went when he was called, and then he saw.

What if we moved with a hope like this?
What if we found ourselves fully aware of the Lord’s promises and lived each day in faithful and confident expectation?  What if, when we were called to go like the shepherds and Simeon, we could go because we know there is something waiting for us?

The Lord grants us the luxury of knowing that we have eternity in our sights as long as we are nestled in the comfort and peace that comes with hope.  He wants us to know that He loves us, and that He plans for us.. Though He will not reveal every detail, He wants us to know that He means us no harm and wants the best for us.  He wants us to hope for these things and act accordingly!

Simeon was called to go to the temple; he was moved by the Spirit.  When he went, he had hope, and when he arrived and saw Jesus, he knew.  We should all carry the same anticipation and move with such a faith that when we go, we know!

How are you moving in faithful anticipation?

What is your vision of hope?

How do you remain confidently expectant of the blessings set for you?

I, personally, have found that, no matter what this world dishes me, I can rest on the fact that my God is for me.  He has promised to never leave me or forsake me.  He loves me, unconditionally, and created me to serve Him.  I actively hope for the day I meet my Redeemer.

Today, I want you to confidently and expectantly write down your vision of Heaven.  Remember the first time someone told you about the pearly gates, and golden streets?  Remember the warmth of that picture in your mind?  Ladies, we are still that little girl though we now know a few more scriptures and tell these stories to our own children.  We still deserve to smile and light up with hope of our eternity!  When you write the description of what Heaven means to you, pray over the reason you feel that way.  Praise Him for giving you a Spirit that can guide you to the riches of Heaven.  Praise Him for calling you to be His precious daughter.  Most of all Ladies, treasure up this hope and never lose sight of it.  We are so blessed to collect the vision of our hope and keep it locked in our hearts until the day we are called to go after it.  Amen!

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