There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on Him.
I’m thoroughly convinced that we give up on God much more than He gives up on us. Considering our own track records and short-comings, shouldn’t it be the other way around? Simeon was a man who never gave up believing that God would restore Israel and that He would see the promised Messiah. In dark days where God did not speak for 400 years through His prophets, the Holy Spirit was on Simeon, and he was devout to the promises of God. That speaks wonders of his faith.
God does not respond to need or pain alone. He responds to faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. He is not manipulated by pity parties; He is moved to action by the heart that dares to believe Him and trusts Him.
The name, Simeon, is from a Hebrew word meaning “hearing.” Simeon believed God’s promise, and he heard from God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Hearing from God is important in dark times. Many of us are either going through dark times or have been there. In fact, in the midst of difficult times, God often speaks the loudest to us. We must believe that God is faithful to his Word, and He responds to faith.
Simeon is a great example for us to follow. Regardless of our age or our past, we can make the decision today to believe God and trust Him for our future. He will accomplish what He has promised, and He will respond to our faith.
Have a blessed day!