The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”. (Luke 18:27)
No seriously, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
Lately, I see so much that seems impossible.
Will our country ever come together in unity? Will we stop celebrating what God calls sin? You know the things I mean.
How dark the world seems right now.
But how dark, how impossible, it surely seemed over two thousand years ago when God sent His Son.
The impossible became possible. The supernatural HOLY of HOLIES set aside His glory and came to earth, as a baby, to dwell among those He had made!
But before the virgin gave birth to the Savior, God had been silent for four hundred long years.
No prophets had spoken since Malachi. Many had given up on God. Many were going their own way.
But, there were those who still watched for the Savior.
Men like Simeon.
He held out hope that God would still do what He said He would do so very long ago.
Simeon could have given up. Oh, Simeon could have stayed home that day.
Surely, Simeon had gone so many times before to the temple waiting, wondering if today would be the day his eyes would behold the Consolation of Israel, the Messiah. (Luke 2:25)
Day after day, year after long year, he had returned home without seeing the Promised One.
And for some of us, this is how life feels.
We so want to see the Lord in the midst of these hard days, we want Him to answer that prayer we’ve been praying, but He has, at times, seemed so very silent.
But like Simeon, we have to remember what God has told us. We have to hold onto the promises. We have to keep looking for Him to comfort us, to draw us near, to do as He said.
Simeon knew the Holy Spirit had told him to go to the temple to see the Messiah. (Luke 2:27)
I’m sure Simeon’s aging body was tired. Surely, he had chores to do at home and a favorite chair beckoning for his old bones to rest.
But the Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that his human eyes would behold the Messiah before he died. (Luke 2:26)
And every day, despite the waiting, despite what others were doing, Simeon intentionally made himself ready to see the promise fulfilled.
Simeon’s faith affected his daily life.
Real faith does that.
Certainly our flesh won’t always feel like doing the things that put us in the position to see the Lord and His promises fulfilled in our lives.
Setting aside time to daily read the Word and pray, and choosing to obey God even when our culture goes the other way, will require each of us to fight our own flesh.
And it will be a daily fight, to keep looking, to keep listening for the voice of the Lord, and surrendering to Him in obedience.
Waiting is hard. It always has been And especially when we desperately want to see God move or hear Him speak.
But He is at work.
There are unseen supernatural forces at work this very moment.
There is nothing too hard for MOST HIGH GOD. He is still working hard things together for good— even the hard thing in your life that you just thought about.
Let’s keep watching, and waiting, and believing.
We will see Him at work in our lives.
Like Simeon there will be days we won’t see or hear a thing. But as we keep going, as we keep seeking, as we keep obeying, we too, will see the Lord fulfill His promises! And often in ways we never imagined!
Oh friend, blessed are those who believe and keep seeking!
Oh Lord, may we see You in this day and follow You so others may see You in us.
What a Savior!