What are we waiting for the Lord to do in our lives?
Simeon had been waiting. The Holy Spirit had revealed that he would not die before he had seen the Messiah (Luke 2:26). It is the same Spirit who moves him to enter the temple courts that day: the exact moment that this poor couple from Nazareth come to make the offering required by the law for their first born son. We conclude that it was the Spirit too that revealed that his waiting was over. The child he held in his arms was the promised Messiah.
Praising God, Simeon declares that God can now call him home in peace: he had indeed seen with his own eyes the saviour. Simeon understood too that this promised Messiah would have a global impact: he came not just for Israel, but for all nations, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles”.
God is always revealing his character and purpose to his people who are waiting and listening.
As we remember Christ’s coming again today, what is it we are waiting for God to show us? Are we listening intently for the Spirit’s leading?