Luke 2:25 MSG
"In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel."
After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary took Him to the Temple for His baby dedication. As they arrived to dedicate Him to God, Simeon meet them with joy. Simeon had anticipated the arrival of Jesus with enthusiasm. He lived his life in prayerful expectancy that God delivers on His promises.
The words of this verse give us the impression that Simeon was an older man. He had seen a lot of years. He was living at a time that was full of strife and had little hope. Rome had taken over Israel and there was confusion and doubt everywhere. Simeon could have easily given up on his promise, yet we know he didn't give up. He was waiting expectantly. Praying and waiting; knowing and believing. Expecting.
Simeon lived each day in prayerful expectancy that God would deliver on His promise. God had told Simeon that he would see the Messiah before he died and he believed Him. He knew, he believed, and he relied on the promise that if God says it, it is truth. If God says something to you, it is bound to happen.
Simeon waited a lifetime. If you continue to read this chapter, you'll see that Anna joined them to bless Jesus, worshipping and praising God. Anna had also waited a lifetime. Simeon and Anna had waited a long time, yet they remained steadfast and anticipated the coming of the promised Messiah.
You might be waiting on a promise to come to fruition. Are you waiting like Simeon and Anna? As we are waiting for a promise to be fulfilled, we should be prayerfully expectant and steadfast in our faith, worshipping and praising, knowing that God does what He says He will do. Waiting can be hard, even difficult sometimes, but when we choose to wait with expectation and anticipation; worshipping and praising, even through the tough times; it makes the waiting so much easier and the promise that much sweeter.