What Jesus Did! 'An Old Hope and a Long Delight' — Luke 2:36-38

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Anna, a prophetess, was there at the temple. She was from the family of Phanuel in the Asher family group. Anna was very old. She had been married for seven years. Then her husband died and she lived alone. She was now 84 years old. Anna was always at the temple; she never left. She worshiped God by fasting and praying day and night. Anna was there when Joseph and Mary came to the temple. She praised God and talked about Jesus to all the people who were waiting for God to free Jerusalem.
— Luke 2:36-38 NLT
Illustration of Luke 2:36-38 NLT —  She praised God and talked about Jesus to all the people who were waiting for God to free Jerusalem.

Key Thought

Anna had lost her husband, but not her hope. She had lost the life of her dreams, but not the ability to dream. Life can be hard for most of us. Some get hit with crushing wounds early in their journey. These wounds don't have to destroy their lives. While they may carry the memory and the scars through all of their years, God can be their sufficiency and strength. This was true with Anna. Her walk with God stands up there with Elijah and Enoch. She found him sufficient for her needs and worthy of her praise. God gave her the delight of her life and an opportunity to do what the prophets had foretold—"Both your sons and daughters will prophesy!" She was privileged to declare the arrival of the Messiah to everyone in the Temple. What a long wait! What a glorious conclusion! What an awesome privilege! Come to think of it, we have the privilege of declaring Jesus, too!

Today's Prayer

Father, I do not know what life will bring me, but please give me the faith to trust that you will be there to help me find my way through it until I find the joy that awaits me in you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 46:1-3, 7
  • Acts 2:16-18
  • Luke 10:38-42


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.