Waiting in Expectation
Written by: Brianna Williamson
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Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consultation of Isreal, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
- Luke 2:25-26
Like most of us, I really dislike hearing that I have to wait.
I know a lot of us do because I see it daily in the cars that speed past me when I’m already going the speed limit. I see it in the people that tap their toe impatiently while standing in the grocery store check-out line. I see it in children when they are first learning how to share and take turns.
According to Merriam-Webster, to wait means to stay in a place of expectation or to delay an action until a particular time. In the story of Simeon, the text tells us that he is waiting for the consultation of Israel, otherwise known as the Messiah, the one who would finally save the nation of Israel from their bondage to other nations. In this case, Simeon is waiting through staying in a place of expectation. He has been told by the Holy Spirit that he will not die without seeing this Messiah.
I can’t even imagine what it would be like to hear something like that! I wonder where he was when he got this message? How old was he? Did he even believe it at first? How long did he have to wait between the time he received this message and the time that it came to pass? Though there really are no concrete answers to these questions, there are a couple things that we do know. One is that Simeon did not wait alone. Scripture tells us he was a righteous and devout man and that the Holy Spirit was on him. Another thing we are told is that The Spirit was also the one to lead Simeon to the temple courts the day that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus there.
Knowing these truths, I now have even more questions! How was the Holy Spirit feeling about all of this?! I would like to imagine that the Spirit of God was elated to be fulfilling this part of His purpose and that Simeon, experiencing His presence, had to know beyond all doubt that everything that he was experiencing was an important and meaningful part of His perfect plan.
Just like Simeon, we do not have to wait alone for the promises of God. We can trust that if God has promised us something He will never break His promise. His promises are supernatural and it is not in His nature to break promises. Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
Recently, God has been teaching me to appreciate waiting and highlighting the importance of living in the present moment with Him. Through Jesus, we all have access to the Holy Spirit. In the waiting is when we are given the opportunity to lean into what His Spirit is saying and hold on to all of the promises given to us through His Word and His Spirit.
1. Think back on a time when you were waiting on a promise of God. How did you handle the wait?
2. What are you waiting on right now? How can you turn to God and the power of the Holy Spirit in waiting on the promise?
Lord, thank You for being who You are. You are a promise keeper and it is against Your nature to be anything else. Fill us with the Holy Spirit in this moment. Reveal to us the ways in which You want us to turn to You and Your Spirit in this time. How can we better praise You in this season, Lord? How can we be patient and productive as we wait on the promise? Help us see Your hand in everything. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
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