Title of Message: “While I’m waiting”
Speaker: Tyrone Jones
Text: Luke 2:22-35
22 Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. 23 The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.”[a] 24 So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”[b] 25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30 I have seen your salvation, 31which you have prepared for all people. 32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” 33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Merriam Webster Definition of Wait: To stay in place of expectation!
Why does God allow us to wait (Purpose of waiting)
· Waiting develops and matures us!
· Waiting strengthens us: Isaiah 40: 31 But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
· Many times there is a waiting period between when God makes us a promise & its manifestation
o Gen 12: Abram receives promise from God, he was 75 years old when God told him his descendants will be given the land.
o Gen 21:1-5 Abraham is 100 years old when Isaac is born (Had to wait 25 years)
o Joseph had to wait 13 years for the full manifestation of what God had promised. He was 17 years old when he was sold into slavery. In Gen 41, Joseph rises to 2nd in command under Pharaoh, 13 years later.
Why does God allow us to wait (continued)?
o Waiting molds us and shapes us to become the servants God calls us to be!
o In the waiting room, our trust in God develops and we learn how to depend on Him!
o We cannot circumvent the waiting process because waiting is part of the journey of faith!
o Many tests come during the waiting period!
o Our response to the test determines the length of the waiting period!
· Waiting guides us!
· Waiting allows God to be glorified – the longer we wait, the more glory we give to the Lord
· Waiting increases our appreciation!
o Once God delivers, we learn to give Him genuine praise!
o A good parent does not give a child things prematurely, the parent waits until the child is able to receive what is being given.
o When we allow the waiting process to accomplish a work in us, we appreciate the blessing even more when we receive it.
Scriptures on waiting
Psalms 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.
Psalms 37:9 “For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
Isaiah 40:31”But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Simeon: Had to wait on the Lord
· Hidden figure; 10 verses devoted to him
· We don’t know much about him; devout, holy ghost filled, probably elderly
· He received the promise that he would not die until he see the Lord’s Christ
· The Holy Spirit speaks to him and gives him revelation that he won’t die until he see Jesus
· God orchestrates a delay between what he declares and when it is accomplished
· All Simeon had while waiting, was the Word that God had given him. No sign, no external cue; no angelic visitation
· Learns to wait because he got a Word (Simeon got internal revelation)
· Simeon didn’t need any sign, learned to trust God and take God at his Word
· While he’s been waiting on God’s promise, he still goes to the Temple to worship God
· God is worthy of our worship while we are waiting. Don’t abandon worshipping God in the waiting process.
· God wants to see if we can still worship him while we are waiting
· God wants to see if we are only willing to worship Him for what He does or are we going to worship Him for who He is?
· When it doesn’t look like God is moving, can I still worship Him?
· When my situation doesn’t change, can I still worship Him?
· Simeon didn’t die until he saw Jesus! We should be the same way. Don’t die until we see Jesus/experience Him! Say yes to Jesus!
Mary & Joseph
After 40 day of purification, Mary can now go out. Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to be dedicated.
While I’m waiting…
1. Remain committed!
a. Simeon was righteous and devout. He remain committed to God as he was waiting for the promise. We should remain committed to God as we are waiting for our promise to manifest.
Lamentations 3:25 “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him
b. Remain committed by spending time with God & His Word. Spending time in prayer and meditating on His promises!
c. We must learn to be content while waiting on the Lord.
d. While we are waiting we must remain connected to the people of God. Fellowship with like minded individuals provides encouragement.
e. Don’t lose hope and forsake your relationship with God while waiting.
f. Don’t try to do things in your own strength while waiting
i. Don’t try to help God out by running ahead of him and getting in the wrong relationships, placing our careers over our pursuit of God, taking revenge on those who have wronged us, etc.
2. Don’t dismiss what God said!
a. Don’t dismiss what God has spoken/revealed/etc.
b. Hold on to every Word from the Lord! (Simeon held on to what the Holy Spirit revealed to him)
c. Keep God’s promises near and dear to you, don’t forget them!
d. Do you know what God has promised you? Do you live in that promise?
3. Remember God is working behind the scenes!
a. God was orchestrating and working it out for Simeon to see the consolation! The Holy Spirit moved on Simeon to be at the Temple the same time Mary and Joseph were there to dedicate the baby to the Lord!
b. This was not a coincidence, God was working behind the scenes!
c. As you wait, be encouraged and know that God is working behind the scenes. He is doing more than you can see. Walk by faith and not by sight as you are waiting for the promise to manifest.
The promise God makes Simeon, manifest while Simeon was in that place of worship. Remain connected to God and continue to worship Him as you wait!