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Being Faithful

Luke 2:29

Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

IMG_0301As we began our 40-day reading plan through the New Testament yesterday (through Community Bible Experience with Biblica) – I ran across the passage for today’s devotional. Simeon was faithfully waiting for the Father to reveal the Son – the Lord’s Messiah. He dedicated himself to waiting and the Father promised him he would see the Lord’s Messiah before he passed.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Luke 2:25-35 – 25 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 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.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Yesterday we wrote about God’s plan for our lives – you can read it here. God has a plan for each of us and as a friend reminded us – at times we don’t measure up to His plan – but His grace can cover all of our sins. That doesn’t give us an out though – and we should strive to seek His plan for our lives and seek to follow that plan.

It really feels amazing when you know you are in your sweet spot – the place that God has designed for you. A few times in my life – and for short durations of time – I have felt absolutely in His will – and it is a feeling I have a hard time describing – other than to say – it is a blessing and gives such peace. Simeon had to feel that way – knowing that God had promised him that he wouldn’t die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Today’s passage reminds me of another passage – found in Mathew 25:21 – when Jesus is teaching about faithful stewards – the Master responds to his faithful servant with – well done, good and faithful servant! That is a phrase we all hope to hear – and we can if we are seeking His will for our lives and striving to walk in-line with it.

Being faithful to God is what we should strive toward each day. Each day we should awaken with a heart to serve and please God – to fulfill His plan – His will – for our lives. It will not always be easy – it will even have some rough days – but in the end – the peace and blessing that comes our way from being faithful will far outweigh and pain and suffering – any self denial – we must face to be faithful.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


February 3, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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