“For my eyes have seen Your Salvation.”
(Luke 2:30 AMP)
God had revealed to Simeon, a man whom Scripture describes as “righteous and devout…[who was] looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him…that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)” (Luke 2:25-26). I imagine that everyday since that revelation, Simeon waited and watched expectantly for the Saviour’s arrival. But many years passed before “prompted by the Spirit, he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus…Simeon took Him into his arms, and blessed and praised and thanked God” (vv.27-28). It was then that Simeon spoke the words to what is known as the “Song of Simeon,” “Now, Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to leave [this world] in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your Salvation” (vv.29-30).
Today, God has also revealed to His children that they will live long enough to see His wonderful promises for their lives come to pass. However, many are tired of waiting and watching for the fulfillment of these promises because days, months and even years go by and there seems to be no sign of His salvation for their present circumstances. But can you imagine what would happen if, like Simeon, we waited on God and were led by His Spirit to witness the fulfillment of His promises for us? Simeon was content and at peace to die because he held Salvation in his arms. A wise person once said, “God is rarely ever early, but He is never late according to His timetable. Relax and believe that your times are in His hands.” You will behold His salvation.