LUKE 2:25-31: “And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him in his arms, and blessed God, and said, “Now, Lord, You are letting Your bond-servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all the peoples:” NASB
OBSERVATION: Am I walking in the Spirit? Is my life led by the Spirit naturally? Have I become sensitive to His promptings from the Word of God, the gentle nudges along the way, and His still small voice?
As I read the Bible I am impressed with the lives of those who walked in the Spirit naturally. This was not simply an occasional encounter with the Holy Spirit. Rather, it was the normal experience of their life. They were not superhumans. However, they had learned to cultivate the presence of God in their life and as a result, their lives were daily directed by the Lord.
Simeon was one who was led by the Spirit naturally.
- “And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel…”
Simeon was noted as one who was righteous and devout. This does not mean he was perfect. He was just like all of us. Yet, he had made it his life to seek after God, the pathway of righteousness, and he was looking forward in hope to the promise of the coming of Messiah. No doubt he was daily at the Temple worshipping and praying. It was at the Temple that he encounters Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.
God always honors the heart that seeks Him.
- “…and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”
The Holy Spirit is poured out upon a heart that is surrendered to the Lord. A heart that is emptied of self and being cleansed from sin. A heart that is hungry for the things of God. Simeon had such a heart. His walk with the Holy Spirit grew and became so normal that he was tuned to hear His still small voice. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not die until he saw the Messiah.
It does not tell us whether Simeon knew that he would see Jesus on the very day he encountered him at the Temple. However, it does tell us that he was led by the Spirit to the very location where he would encounter Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.
- “And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law…”
Think of how God orchestrated this encounter. The Temple area was very large. I am sure it would have been possible to be at the Temple and not see Joseph, Mary, and Jesus in the crowd. Yet, the Holy Spirit led Simeon to the Temple at the very moment that they were there and to the very location where he would encounter them. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, every day can be filled with God’s revelation and provision. This was the case for Simeon on this wonderful day!
- “Then he took Him in his arms, and blessed God, and said, “Now, Lord, You are letting Your bond-servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all the peoples:”
Can you imagine the joy that filled Simeon’s heart? For years his only dream had been to see the Lord’s Christ revealed in Israel. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would live to see that day. Simeon continued faithful in his worship and service to the Lord, trusting in God’s promise, but never knowing when it would be revealed. Then, on this wonderful day, everything came together as the Spirit led him to the promised Messiah.
How many encounters of blessings have we missed because we have grown dull in our spiritual lives? How many blessings stand before us if we learn to walk in the Spirit? Walking in the Spirit can become as natural as breathing. However, it takes a heart and life that seek the presence of God. We must be those who seek Him with our whole heart, commit everything to prayer, meditate upon His Word, and make worship a priority in our life.
A Spirit-filled life is something that we all can have. Yet, it is something that must be cultivated. How do we start our day? Are we in church each week to worship with the saints? Is prayer something that we do as an event or is it a way of life? Is His Word our daily bread?
Lord, as I read about the life of Simeon I find myself desiring a deeper walk in the Spirit. I want to have ears to hear and eyes to see. I want to see Jesus and grow in His life and love. Turn my heart, my eyes, my hands, and my feet toward You today. Fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit and lead me into Your perfect will today!
In Jesus’ Name!