He was a young boy, much like any other, looking and wondering what he would be when he grew up. He was faithful to his family traditions and he was a good person. One day, when contemplating his future, his thoughts were interrupted by an encounter. He heard a voice. Not just any voice but the voice of God! He was told that he would not die until he would see the Savior of the World. And then, it was silent!
"What happened?", he thought. "Was I dreaming? Was it something I ate? It couldn't be since I felt the voice permeate through my body, my spirit and my soul. It was if He knew me and I recognized his voice. What manner of message was this? Is the Messiah REALLY coming soon? Who is going to believe me? If He delivered this message to me, it must be the Messiah's return is imminent!"
At this point, he went to all of his family and friends to share the good news. As you might expect, they all looked at him with a strange look. "Had he lost his mind?", they thought. "How is he to know when the Messiah would come"? Based on the reaction of others, he knew not to regularly mention his encounter since few people believed him but he kept every detail in his heart.
From that day forward, he focused on doing everything possible to please God. He studied the scriptures and went to the temple as much as possible. He treated his neighbors as he would want to be treated. He loved the Lord His God with all of his heart, all of his soul and all of his mind. He taught his family and anyone else who would listen about the goodness of God and His coming Messiah.
As the years passed by and his body began to show its age, his enthusiasm for God's promise still lived on. He was certain that He would not fail him. Even though countless people had told him he was dreaming and that God did not speak to him, he stood in faith until one day, it happened. He was going to the temple as usual and he was praying to God and suddenly a couple walked by with a baby. This was no ordinary baby since God's Glory could be seen all over him. He had no idea who the parents were but he could not take his eyes off of the baby. At that point, the Holy Spirit told him that this is the Messiah! What a joy! He had been decades in the coming but He was finally here! Wrapped in the excitement of the fulfillment of the promise and the presence of the Holy Spirit, he proclaimed, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” Simeon was full of joy for the promise he had waited for his entire life came true! What a privilege and honor for him.
During this season of hope and joy, we must always remember that God says in Isaiah 55, "it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Based on His Word, live a life that trusts God to make the impossible possible. Give Him thanks for a victory already won.