Saturday: 2nd February, 2019
Reference text: Luke 2:22-40
Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
‘Before the end, you will see the goodness of the Lord’, these are not mere words of consolation or comfort- they are words of assurance, the guarantees offered to Simeon by God. And one think struck me even as I read the full text in the Gospel of Luke: unlike Anna, who was specifically described as a prophetess, Simeon is just referred to as ‘a man’. That was as ordinary as he was.
However, that ordinary man was described as just and devout and he had a working relationship with God. A strong relationship that granted him access to things extraordinary. The fact that he was ‘a man’ with no recognised office or title, did not play any part in his ability to get to know God intimately.
Often, we tend to see those who occupy offices and have titles as those whose responsibility it is to know God for us: priests, pastors, teachers, prophets and other people in recognised positions of stewardship in the body of Christ. Beloved, we have come to a time and belong to a generation where God’s desire is that ‘All may know him’. Not only through the works of others, but for ourselves.
My dear, titles or positions do not guarantee nor suggest the existence of fellowship with God, it is the desire to know and be in touch that does. Therefore, seek God for yourself and fall in love with him for yourself.