Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. . . . Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. (Luke 2:25, 27)
When preparing for big events in life, I can be guilty of relying on my own ability. Whether deciding to accept a new job, move to a new town, or even take a trip to visit family, I find myself trying to figure out the best next steps rather than relying on God to lead the way.
This was not the case for a religious man named Simeon. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would see the Messiah before his death. The Holy Spirit rested on Simeon and guided him. When the Holy Spirit nudged him to go to the temple, he responded by going to the temple. He was present for the most amazing moment in his life because he responded. He witnessed Jesus presented at the temple as a baby. Simeon praised God with words so powerful they amazed even Mary and Joseph.
God is always at work in the world. When we focus on him, we see where he is at work and are positioned to respond in obedience. The nudges of the Holy Spirit are more likely to be felt when we keep our eyes, ears, and hearts turned toward God. Simeon trusted the Holy Spirit and experienced the most amazing moment of his life, and we can do the same.
Respond to the nudging of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Mike Osler is completing his MDiv at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Mike and his wife, Kim, live in Iowa with their four young boys.
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