Sunday 7 February, 2016

Luke 2:25-35

25 In Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was a good and godly man. He was waiting for God’s promise to Israel to come true. The Holy Spirit was with him. 26 The Spirit had told Simeon that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 The Spirit led him into the temple courtyard. Then Jesus’ parents brought the child in. They came to do for him what the Law required. 28 Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said, 29 “Lord, you are the King over all. Now let me, your servant, go in peace. That is what you promised. 30 My eyes have seen your salvation. 31 You have prepared it in the sight of all nations. 32 It is a light to be given to the Gentiles. It will be the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them. He said to Mary, Jesus’ mother, “This child is going to cause many people in Israel to fall and to rise. God has sent him. But many will speak against him. 35 The thoughts of many hearts will be known. A sword will wound your own soul too.”

What an account Luke gives of Simeon; righteous, devout and full of the Holy Spirit. Simeon was devoted to God, he loved God and was loyal to Him. Simeon is described as looking to God expectantly, believing God had good things in store for Israel. What a beautiful picture of trust and close friendship with God. I love that God chose to share His Son with Simeon, to reveal His Messiah to a person who would appreciate how precious Jesus is. God is King of the Universe, but He is relational, He created us because He enjoys and loves us. God did not have to reveal Jesus to Simeon, there was no need… But God wanted to. He shared His great plan with a dear friend.

Do I think of God in this relational way? Do I appreciate how much God values relationship with us? With me? Do I consider that God doesn’t just want my obedience but desires my friendship? Do I consider that as a friend He wants to share things on His heart with me?

God, my friend and my King, thank you for this beautiful picture of what friendship with you looks like. Please help me to not over-spiritualise my relationship with you and help me to be a loyal friend to you. I want to be a friend of yours like Simeon. Amen.

Written by Beth Waugh

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