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“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.” Luke 2:25

The Bible doesn’t tell us how old Simeon was nor at what point in his life, God had shown him that he would see the Christ before he died. He trusted the promise and hope kept him coming to the Temple day after day.

On the day that Mary and Joseph brought the Baby Jesus to fulfil the requirements of the law, the Holy Spirit led Simeon once again to the Temple. No doubt he had seen many babies there before, but this time it was different, he knew this was the One that had been promised. As he took the baby in his arms, he blessed God, saying that now he could depart in peace. He prophesied that salvation had come to Israel and to the Gentiles. He also spoke of the suffering that Jesus would endure.

Simeon had lived all his life for this one moment. What a joy it must have been for him to see the promise fulfilled. Today, we have the promise of our Saviour’s return, and so each day we live in expectation of His coming to take us to be with Him eternally. That is the hope that sustains us every day.

Prayer: Thank you Lord, that you came to earth to bring salvation, and that you will one day return to take us to be with you.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

Confidence has a negative connotation and almost seems like a taboo word to say out loud (or even write). Why is this? Is it because confidence is associated with pride? When we put our confidence in our flesh, it is most definitely pride. However, when we put our confidence in God, it exhibits that we trust Him and have faith.

Proverbs 3:26, “The LORD will be your confidence.”

This scripture is weighted with promise and evicts insecurities. This verse gives a person the freedom to discard their doubt and accept God’s covering of confidence. God encourages us to lay down our uncertainties and allow Him to prove His strength and power in every area of our lives.

The Struggle Is Real

My whole life, I have struggled with insecurities and I know as I write this post that I am not alone in my battle. I have questioned my worth and misunderstood my purpose. Not to mention, I have run away from the ministry God was calling me to because it was far beyond me.

God called me to my weakness, not my strength.

I cried out, “God choose someone else, I cannot do this. I will not do this.” Today I am thankful for His steadfast mercy that patiently waited for me to submit to His will. Maybe you are in a similar situation right now. Please be encouraged and know that you are ordained by God to accomplish remarkable things for His glory.

Trust The Process

One of the many things I have learned in this painful process is that God is my strength when fear consumes me. God is my help when I am laying in fetal position on the floor, weeping. God is my confidence when I feel incapable of accomplishing the things He is calling me to do. In every valley and on every mountain, He is there holding me up, supporting me, and encouraging me. He has proven Himself to be an ever-present help in a time of trouble. Every time.

Whatever your opposition is and whatever your distractions are, whether they are internal or external, if God says you can do it, then you need to have confidence in Him. Completely. Fully. Wholeheartedly. The safest place to be is in the middle of the will of God, even when you do not understand and even when it hurts.

Pretend like you are trust falling backwards, leaving behind all of your insecurities. When you hesitate and consider the dangers and objective facts, you are resisting His presence. Do not put trust in your capabilities, but go beyond your natural senses into the unknown because the LORD will be your confidence.

by Angela Overton
Reposted with permission from angelaoverton.com

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an

expected end”

Nature, Landscape, Sky, Panorama, Field, Clouds, Away

Life is uncertain. The winds and waves of everyday situations and experiences can leave us struggling to cope with the changes that occur daily. Sickness, financial troubles, children struggling at school, a rocky marriage, the list is endless!

The word of God is filled with promises though, and Jeremiah 29:11 lets us know that God knows exactly where He wants to take us. When we are able to look beyond the day to day distractions we face and look up, we are able to see God’s hand at work in our lives.  He leads us through valleys and also through mountain top experiences. That wilderness that you are travelling through is Holy and God ordained. Allow Him to speak to you, and surrender yourself to His perfect timing and perfect plan for your life.

Trust in His word, and know that God is leading you somewhere specific and this is just a season. Life changes, but our everlasting God does not!

Prayer

Lord, help me to look beyond only what I can see, and to look to you and know that you are directing my steps. You have an expected end for me, and I rejoice in that today.