Week 28 Day 5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Luke 2:25 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.
Just exactly what was Simeon waiting for? The Greek her indicates that he was waiting for the consolation of Israel. Simply put, at his advanced age he was in some distress for his nation. The Romans were in charge. The people were either frightened or sold out to the moral ambiguity of the occupying Romans and their stooges, the Sadducees. The religious leaders were more concerned with keeping their own status quo and keeping the profits flowing from the sale of sacrificial animals in the temple courts. He knew that God could not be pleased with the circumstances. So, he waited.
These days I identify more and more with Simeon. When I pray, I go back to the simple questions I asked at the beginning of this journey. “God, why, if people know what is right, do we constantly fail to do it?” The answer is wrapped up in one word. In Greek it is “paraklesan,” and its root “parakletos”. The former translates consolation, the latter as comforter. Simeon lived in the presence of God through the Holy Spirit. He himself was able to see and anticipate “the consolation of Israel”.
Something is not right in our nation. In our mad rush toward tolerance and inclusion we have accepted everyone’s lifestyle choices as no more or less valid than anyone else’s. We are forced by “law” (really the edicts of morally bankrupt, sold out pawns of the enemies of Jesus) to accept these so-called egalitarian measures as the normal and defining values of our culture.
Could you possibly join me in praying for our nation, “God’s will be done.” Simply that. Can we resolve to live as Paul stated, “making the most of every opportunity”. (Colossians 4:5)