Today’s blog is dedicated to the redeeming power of God. I hope this blog will speak directly to the fear of lost time and the notion that somehow our time has passed, and the best is behind us. Laced with missed opportunities and all the would have, should have complexes that many of us live with daily. In the scripture passage of Luke 2: 25-32, I hope this will help to put these fears to rest it states, “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. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” One of the first things that darned on me when I read this passage of scripture is that God does not hide his plans for our lives. As followers of Christ Jesus, God will always find a way to reveal to us what his plan and purpose is for us. Many times, because it does not line up with our ideas, we dismiss the prompting of the Holy Spirit as an impossible dream. Oh, but God. Many times, God directs us and shows up in our everyday travels. Simeon was moved by the Holy Spirit to go to the temple, and Mary and Joseph were going to the temple out of tradition, and God orchestrated this meeting flawlessly;
To keep his word to Simeon. We serve a God that has promised that even our sinful past cannot interrupt His plans for our future. While I was researching for today’s blog, I found out that many scholars believed that Simeon died at age 120. Armed with that knowledge, I was struck by the remarkable grace and mercy of God and the lengths He would go through to keep a promise to His children. Our age does not matter; time does not confine Him because He is the author of time. Logistics is not a problem; our social or financial status does not move God. He is, however, driven by our heart posture and obedience. The obedience of both Jesus’ parents and Simeon were crucial factors to ensure that God’s promise would be kept. By this act of obedience, God used Simeon to reveal insights about Christ to his earthly parents. Simeon says that Jesus will be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel” In other words, Jesus is the savior of the world. God is a promise keeper, and He did it for Simeon at age 120 why would He not do it for you? Allow God the opportunity to keep His promise to you, the one that He placed in your heart. The one that The Holy Spirit keeps bringing up in your Spirit does not give up on what God has promised you to hold on to it. Please do not think that God is not capable of the impossible because He has already put that theory to rest. When Jesus stated in Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible, but with God everything is possible.” We serve the God of the impossible, so the next time you are tempted to feel like this is it, my life has no real meaning, or I will never accomplish what my heart desires. Remember that if you are willing to allow God to be God in your life, everyday life now becomes an extraordinary life. Do not ever stop believing in God or yourself because when God looks at you. He sees you as “Bold & Confident” Psalm 138:3 or “Masterfully Crafted” Ephesian 2:10 how about “Fearless” 2nd Timothy 1:7 regardless of your age or current circumstances God will keep His promise to you. Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Just stop by to remind you to get up today and continue to praise God even in the uncertainties of today, you never know today may be the day of God kept promises.