Is Jesus the desire of your heart?

June 4, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

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.”
(Luke 2:28-32 (NIV))

Simeon waited all of his life to see what God had promised he would see. He had waited a very long time to see his salvation. He was an old man. He was willing to wait for the one thing that he desired above all else. He wanted to see his Savior.

You have heard people say that they could die in peace because they had seen something, or been given something, or had accomplished something that they wanted to happen before they died. What they accomplished was central to their lives. It was who they were. Simeon was a faithful man. Simeon was faithful in his desires. He was so faithful that God promised that Simeon would see what he longed to see before he died. Simeon wanted nothing more than to see God’s anointed one. He saw Jesus! He could die in peace.

Simeon knew who he held even though Jesus was a baby. Simeon had waited for this moment. He prayed for God to send His Messiah. Simeon, through being able to see Jesus, knew that God’s promised plan had become a reality.

How long are you willing to wait for God to fulfill a promise? Do you give up after a few short hours? Perhaps you are able to wait a few days. Maybe you are one who will make it a few months or a few years. Would you have the faith to wait as long as Simeon waited? Would you give up and seek other rewards? Simeon waited because it was the desire of his heart to see the Messiah.

Are you willing to wait to see Jesus? Is He the desire of your heart?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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An amazing gift to be shared!

December 27, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord” ), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

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.”
(Luke 2:21-32 (NIV))

Did you breathe a big sigh of relief yesterday? Or maybe yours came this morning because you went out to the after Christmas sales yesterday and you didn’t have time to do anything else. Whatever may have happened, many people look upon the day after Christmas as being the end of the season.

It is only the beginning! Just as Jesus’ birth marked the beginning of our promised hope and salvation, Christmas marks the beginning of our celebration of this gift from God. Simeon knew that Jesus’ birth marked the beginning of salvation, and not the salvation itself. Many things needed to happen before the promise would be fulfilled.

Jesus did not come into the world in a miraculous manner and then spend the next thirty years in quiet solitude preparing for His ministry and crucifixion. We know that He amazed the scholars and priests before His baptism and the temptation in the wilderness.

We do not need to celebrate His birth and the promise that He fulfilled only on the days that we have set aside to remember His birth and His resurrection. We need to look at Christmas as the start of our opportunity to present His light to others as it was presented to us. We have several months until we celebrate His resurrection at Easter. What can we do to show the world the amazing gift that God gave us through Jesus Christ, His only Son? What can we do that will make those around us amazed at the resurrection and the promise fulfilled by it?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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