DAY 11: Anna and Simeon
Read: Luke 2: 22-39
Luke 2:25 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 2:37 [Anna] never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. (NIV)
Song: Take Courage, Kristene DiMarco
How many times have you seen a little one acting as Anna or Simeon in their Christmas nativity? Or sung about them in a Christmas carol? Ever seen them in your advent calendar? They’re not the most popular characters, I bet most of your friends and family couldn’t tell you who they were, in fact three of the gospels even left them out! But they’re there, found in the temple, worshipping God.
We are unsure of the exact age of Simeon, perhaps over one hundred? What we do know is that Simeon is a man who feels that his life has been lived and that it is his time to die. God promised Simeon that he would see the Messiah with his eyes before his passing. But here he is, his life passed, the nation he loved was losing power rapidly and God’s promise had not yet been fulfilled.
Anna was a woman who had seen grief in her life. She met her true love, got married and lived with her husband for seven years before she was widowed for the rest of her life. With their life they had a choice, Anna could have thrown the towel in and lived her life as one that was characterised by grief. Simeon could have lived his as one characterised by desperation. Instead, they chose worship. When God’s blessing came, they were found in the temple and not only did Anna and Simeon see the baby Jesus, God also gave them the added bonus of prophesying over the Saviour of the world!!
This Christmas time, most reading this will have experienced grief and most reading this will have promises that God has not yet fulfilled, but we too have a choice. God doesn’t need us to live a life of grief for him to recognise our heartaches and he doesn’t need our desperation to make his promises work. God needs you to do what he has called you to daily and he will work it out. We have a choice, when God delivers the promises he was always going to deliver will we be found in the temple?
By Lily Robinson