The Spirit led Simeon to the temple. Mary and Joseph went to the temple to do what the Jewish law said they must do. They brought the baby Jesus to the temple. Simeon held the baby in his arms and thanked God: "Now, Lord (God), you can let me, your servant, die in peace like you said. I have seen with my own eyes how you will save your people. Now all people can see your plan. He (Jesus) is a light to show your way to the non-Jewish people. He will bring honor to your people, Israel (the Jews)."
— Luke 2:27-32 NLT
"You can't teach an old dog new tricks!" It's one of those "truisms" that many accept as an excuse for becoming staid and cynical as we age. I don't know about you, but I'm no dog! I believe I can change—or better yet, I believe that God's Spirit can transform me. Here is old Simeon, old eyes and all, and he is the one who gets to see God's new Light. Why? Because Simeon believed God would do something great in his day, and he kept on believing even when he was old. God still longs to do glorious things in our day, even if we are old! Keep believing, listening, trusting, and following, and most of all, keep expecting! God is faithful and he will surprise you with glorious things.
O Father, my tender Shepherd, please do not let my passion dim or my faith grow tired as I grow older. I want to live a vibrant life of faith, expecting and experiencing your great acts of mercy and power all the way to my dying day. In Jesus' name I pray this. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Psalm 92:12-14
- Isaiah 46:3-4
- Joshua 14:10-13
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.