When God’s Purpose is Your Purpose
Posted: Wednesday, December 26th, 2018Print
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A collection of devotions written in celebration of various holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. May this holiday manna bless you!
Luke 2:29 AMPC
And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word.
As always, the Bible gives a short story with hidden clues to treasures of spiritual meaning. Every word of Scripture is for instruction in knowing God through those who learned His will and His ways…
So Simeon actually tells us his life story, the story of one who reached profound intimacy with God.
The Greek word releasing means ‘to set free, to set sail’ and implies a journey. In the moment when he saw ‘the Baby,’ Simeon had ended one journey—to find God and discover His purpose. And he did. It was to welcome the Christ Child.
Simeon did not need the end of this Child’s story. He didn’t ask for his own future to be its witness. He fulfilled the reason for his own existence in Christ at that moment in the temple enclosure. His purpose in life was so surrendered to the Lord that he needed no extension of its meaning. God’s purpose was his purpose. Simeon wanted no other, nothing else and none beyond. He was ready to go, to begin the true journey beyond this life by the phenomenon of knowing not his end, but his completion.
Simeon has told us his choices, the fidelity and abdication that took him into eternal history, which is, amazingly…to behold the Christ.
And it is so now!