25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 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. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
Luke 2:25-32 English Standard Version (ESV)
Daily Devotional Series
HOPE: Day 3
The only place Simeon is mentioned in the Bible is in the 2nd chapter of Luke but yet, he is a shining example of hope. By the context of the reading for today, we assume he is old and nearing death. The name Simeon means “obedient, listening” and he is true to his name, as he had been told by the Holy Spirit that he will live to see the coming of the Messiah. He waits expectantly for the hope of the world to come, wondering each day if this was to be the day salvation would arrive.
On this particular day, he felt led by the Holy Spirit to come to the temple, and when he encountered Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, he took Jesus into his arms. Simeon knew who he was holding. What a moment that must have been for him to enfold the Messiah into his arms. That tiny baby was the hope they had been waiting for. He was overcome and now was ready to die having seen what had been promised to him. Have you ever felt that close to God… to feel His presence so near as Simeon did?
Simeon placed his hope in that baby he held and he knew that his eyes had seen the salvation of the world. We, as we go about our daily lives, tend to put our hope in things that will bring us pleasure… the newest car, the newest phone, a better job… the list goes on. Those things will all fade away, but the one hope that will not fade is the one we place in our Savior.
Earthly hope is temporary; Biblical hope is eternal. Where is your hope today?
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.