Are you ready for a God moment?
We have “God moments” – called such because they are of God. God is in them. We are quickened. God’s breath is on our cheek. Time seems to stop, or at least stand still – for a profound moment.
As recorded in Luke 2:32, Jesus was to be a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of His people Israel. Simeon was waiting for Light and Glory for Gentile and Jew. He was waiting for a God moment.
Max Lucado writes in One Incredible Moment, “Simeon: the man who knew how to wait for the arrival of Christ. The way he waited for the first coming is a model for how we should wait for the Second Coming.”
I propose that we may experience these incredible moments throughout our spiritual sojourn; but we too, must learn how to wait. The scriptures contain many examples for us. Simeon’s moment occurred 40 days after the birth of Jesus, according to the Law of Moses. The days of Mary’s purification were accomplished. The parents took their child from Bethlehem to the temple in Jerusalem, along with their sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons” (as prescribed in Leviticus).
The Holy Ghost had spoken to Simeon even before these events, according to Luke 2:26:
“And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (NKJV).
In verse 24, we learn that when they came to the house of God to present a child, it was customary to come with an offering. Actually, our Christian beliefs are quite similar. However, Simeon teaches us that there is another way to come:
“And he came by the Spirit into the temple” (Luke 2:27a NKJV). Simeon came “by the Spirit”. It was a God moment.
Anna obviously had a God moment because she confirmed Simeon’s prophecy about the birth of Jesus (see Luke 2:36-38). Mary, we learn, “kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19 NKJV). For Mary, it was one moment among many – and more to come.
Simeon and Anna had waited for this moment – the arrival of Jesus – and it came; their God moment. We too, are waiting for the arrival of Jesus in His Second Coming; and yet, there is another aspect to the coming of Jesus. He comes in visitation; He manifests His presence among His people, and to those individually who are seeking Him. Simeon and Anna give us a formula for how we should wait.
How to Wait for His Arrival
- See – Determine to “see”. Commit to it. Allow God to open your spiritual eyes.
- Hear – Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.
- Come – To the temple. If you are born again He is within you. You are His temple. Commune with Him.
There is a way to wait and a way to come.
- Simeon had vision. He had already “seen” in His spirit. Let God increase your vision.
- Simeon was just and devout. We are not altogether perfected, but we are moving toward perfection.
Let this short lesson speak to your heart. True, we live in troublous times. The worst kind of vandalism is spiritual wreckage in a life. Guard against it. Be ready to sound an alarm. Do not allow Satan to steal your peace or your joy.
Last, expect God moments. They are special gifts.