Advent, which leads us into Christmas, is a time of great anticipation and, too often, a time of great disappointment. It is a time when too many people spend too much money on too many meaningless things. On top of that, school programs, concerts, parties, baking cookies, etc., fill up the calendar so much that people often exchange the joy of Christmas for the emptiness of being busy.
Luke 2:22-38 tells us of Mary and Joseph bringing the baby Jesus to the temple to present him to the Lord. A man named Simeon, described as righteous, devout, and eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come, was there because the Holy Spirit had told him he would see the Messiah before he died and had led him to the temple that day. Seeing Jesus, Simeon took him in his arms and worshiped God saying, “I have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to all nations.”
Also present was a prophet named Anna. She heard Simeon speaking and began worshiping God. Scripture says, “she talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.” Herod, the priests, and so many others totally missed the true meaning of this child’s birth while Simeon, Anna, and others understood that Emmanuel had arrived. God had come to earth to redeem people.
What are you anticipating or waiting expectantly for this Advent? Make plans and enjoy the things that are only found this time of year. But also look for what God is doing. Ask God to open your eyes and use you to further his Kingdom.