“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word …” Luke ii, 29.
Our Lord is a faithful God. He keeps His promises. Never once did He have to apologize to anyone regarding a promise that was not kept. We may think that God takes a long time to fulfill His promises. But He is always on time and never too late.
Simeon, a resident of Jerusalem, was old and advanced in years. He had only one reason to live. And that was to see the fulfillment of God’s promise to him. “It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (v. 26). What would Simeon have thought? We do not know. The promise was a blessing indeed because all Israelites longed to see the day of the Messiah. But what if the promised Christ took ages to come? What if Simeon got too old and senile by the time the Messiah was born? As the years rolled by, as the length of time became increasingly burdensome for his body, he must have wished that he had never been given such a promise. Death is a welcome relief to many who grow old and weak. Simeon was no exception. “How long, O Lord?” That could have been Simeon’s refrain.
One day, the Holy Spirit prompted Simeon to go to the Temple. Truly, no one gets too old to be led by the Spirit. Simeon obeyed the voice of the Spirit. Thus came the end to a long and painful wait. The old man was able to identify baby Jesus as the Lord’s Messiah even when the priests in the Temple were blind to this reality. The first words spoken by Simeon as he held the baby were: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word.” The poor man must have cherished a desire to die! God wasn’t too late in fulfilling His promise though. The One who gave Simeon such a promise also gave the old man the strength he needed to walk about unaided.
If you are waiting to see the fulfillment of God’s promises in your life, take courage! God will not abandon you. He will give you everything you need to sustain you till the day of fulfillment and celebration. Do not despair of life. Thank God for each day He gives you. Length of days is a blessing. Move in His Spirit and glorify the Unchanging and Faithful God.