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. (Luke 2:25, NIV)
I have begun a project that I hope to lead my church through this summer. We are going to read the New Testament in community. The order we are taking is different that the standard order of books in our Bibles. I am using the Books of the Bible project as my guide. It is an edition that puts the books in a bit of a different order for various reasons. The other thing they do is take out the chapters and verses and go to a single column format. This is to help people just read.
I am getting a head start. (Don’t tell anyone else in my church.)
I can’t help but pull up at times and just dwell on a verse or two. It will be a challenge to keep moving through and try to read the New Testament with fresh eyes.
The short paragraph I noted from above (Luke 2:25f) is an intriguing one for me. I have always been fascinated by Simeon. He was waiting. Why? Because the Spirit instructed him.
Simeon is a great example Luke uses to demonstrate the action and activity of the Holy Spirit. Simeon was seeking God. He was righteous and devout. The Spirit had revealed to him he would be able to see the Messiah before he died. And on that day, led by the Spirit, Simeon had that promise fulfilled. He looked at an infant and knew. That is a powerful demonstration of the leading of the Spirit.
Simeon didn’t need to see the “finished product.” He didn’t need to see huge crowds. He didn’t need to see one life changed. He saw it clearly in that infant on that day because the Spirit let him know.
I pray for that kind of activity in my own life. I need my heart ready to hear. If the Spirit prompts, I need to be sensitive enough to hear that prompt. Then, I need to obey. Just step out and obey. Let the Spirit fill my heart with what is promised and if I see nothing else… that is good enough.
Simeon looked at that child that day and knew God had delivered on all the promises. It was enough. God was enough.