There was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. -Luke 2:25 (NLT)

Has God ever promised you something specific but no matter how long you wait, it seems like nothing is happening? You’re not alone. In fact, you’re in very good company. Simeon was such a man. Here’s how the Bible describes him:

He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. (Luke 2:25-26 NLT)

Can’t you just picture this man? His body is bent by years of faithfully tending to the needs of others. His face is weathered and worn by the storms of life. His hands are calloused and cracked from countless tasks performed under the unrelenting Middle-Eastern sun.

Yet something keeps driving him forward . . . the promise. The promise God gave, who knows how long ago, that one day his aged eyes would rest on His Messiah, who would set every wrong right. That day finally came and like a lake that’s been damned up for years and is suddenly let loose, Simeon offers a praise of unparalleled joy:

"Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people." (Luke 2:29-31 NLT)

The promise was long in coming, but it came. And in the end it was worth the wait. Now transfer this truth to whatever it is that God has promised you. Has it been a while? Are you discouraged? Does it seem so far off that you can’t even see it on the horizon? Are you weary from waiting?

Remember, God is in Heaven and His name is faithful (Revelation 19:11). Do what Simeon did. Keep waiting on the Lord and His promises because it will be worth the wait.

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