On Sunday, we talked about the importance of waiting. What are you waiting for this Christmas? I remember waiting for Christmas day to arrive as a kid. The days we long as I anticipated Christmas morning! Fast forward to 2018, It is hard to accomplish everything in time for Christmas as a Dad!
We spend a good amount of our lives waiting. We aren’t born with the desire to wait. The world we live in doesn’t help us wait. We want things faster and faster.
The truth is, God has a plan in our waiting.
In Luke 2, we see a guy who waited on God. A lot! Who? Simeon.
People had been waiting for the Messiah for more than 400 year. As the years passed, Simeon must have wondered if God was going to come through on His promise.
Joy begins by waiting expectantly.
Waiting on God involves being active, not passive. Literally when it says to wait in Luke 2:25, it means to “lean forward.”
Joy grows by listening to God’s Spirit.
Simeon lived day-to-day listening to the Holy Spirit. He walked in step with the Spirit of God. Do you listen for God’s leading? In prayer? In reading His Word? Are we too busy to stop and listen?
Joy is found in believing in what God has promised.
Anybody can make a promise; God's great at keeping them. Simeon wasn’t alone in his joy. Anna was also there celebrating Jesus (Luke 2:36-38). She was an example of faithful waiting. As she waited, she was actively serving God.
Live like Jesus is coming back today.
Simeon and Anna’s experience is a foreshadowing of Jesus’ promise to return! One day, Jesus will come and change everything. We wait expectantly for His arrival!
What are you doing while you are waiting?
- Are you waiting expectantly?
- Are you listening to God?
- Are you trusting in God’s promises?
- Are you living like Jesus is coming back today?