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When God Intervenes....Simeon

Posted on Wed, Jan 3, 2007

We can learn how and why God intervenes in our lives by studying the Christmas Story in Luke chapter two. This message ties the previous 3 messages together with this one. It's my prayer that as you read this sermon, you will become more aware of God's intervention in your own life. When you identify God's intervention you can grow in your faith journey.

When God Intervenes…Simeon Sermon 4
Luke 2: 21-40, Philippians 2:13, Lamentations 3:27-40, 1 Corinthians 15:19
 
Today we conclude this advent series of sermons on God’s Intervention in our lives. You may be thinking—Finally!! As the Christmas season ends and a new year begins, it has been my prayer that this series of sermons would prepare each of you for a new year of God’s working in your lives. As you look to a new year I’m praying that you will be more aware of the ways in which He seeks to draw you closer and increase you faith.
 
How does God intervene in your life?? He intervenes in many unique ways. Part of the beauty of His intervention, is that God always comes when we need Him the most. Something I have not said about this series of sermons that perhaps needs to be said-- is that I wrote the outline for all 4 sermons while waiting outside my mom’s hospital room the day after dad’s funeral. 
 
 Much has changed in my life these last few weeks, you might call it God’s intervention. In one of the sermons we learned that God intervenes in various ways, sometimes in a birth and sometimes in death. God’s intervention regardless of how you and I perceive it, is always for the greater good of your relationship with Him. Our Lord specializes in turning something we think of as bad, into something that brings glory to Him and blessing to us. 
 
So how do you know when God is intervening in your life?? The best way for you and I to determine God’s intervention is to study how He has intervened in people’s lives in the past. It is far too easy for you and I to consider God’s intervention as just an inconvenience or an interruption in our lives. You may have heard someone say that they ran into a hiccup, or a minor thing that happened and it caused a delay, but it was no big deal. Certainly each of us encounters various trials and joys in our lives, how do we know which ones are from God?? Let’s review some of the things we have learned in the previous 3 sermons..
 
Sermon 1 God’s intervention in Zechariah’s life
 
We have learned that when God intervenes the intervention often takes us by surprise. We are afraid, there is something about a Holy God intervening in your life and mine, that makes us shudder as He draws near. God is in those occurrences in your life that kind of come back to you, for example--something happens in your day, it may be resolved quickly or slowly, the key is that at some point, your conscience says, “wait a minute, what was that about?” Is there more to it than a simple problem in my day?? Is my Lord trying to teach me something through that occurrence?? When God comes near as the Holy Spirit, speaking to your heart, there is often a sense of “What is my Lord telling me?” 
 
 
 
We also learned that often times we try to rationalize away God’s intervention. The very thing that God wants to use in our lives to draw us closer to Him is the very thing we have a tendency to regard as circumstantial. The key then is to consider your ways, (Haggai 1: 5&7) says “Give careful thought to you ways.” Lamentations 3:40 says “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. The circumstances of your life should always cause you to reflect on what God may be trying to teach you. Philippians 2:13 says “ it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” The key is that you need to develop a sensitive heart. A heart that is willing to respond to God at the slightest prompting.  
 
We also learned that God always comes through for us, you may have been praying for something for years, you may have even given up, we learned from Zechariah that God always comes through and that we should never give up on our prayers. God says to us “I’m not kidding.” Our God reigns, and His desire is to lead your life through the various things that happen to you. 
 
Sermon—2 God’s intervention in Mary’s life
 
When God intervened in Mary’s life we learned that God’ intervention in your life means you have found favor with God. Think for a moment of all the times God intervenes in people’s lives, but because they do not recognize God or worship Him with thanksgiving, they fail to learn anything from God’s intervention. The people that have found favor with God are the people who learn from each intervention God makes into their lives. The key is to make the connection, to know that God is actually at work in your life. You may have a flat tire on your car when you leave your house to go to work tomorrow; Your first thought is most likely “getting to work on time, or getting the tire fixed.” Could it be that the flat tire is God intervening in your life to teach you something you have yet to really consider?? Many people have flat tires and never think about connecting the “problem” to an intervention from God. The fact that you sense God at work in your life should always remind you of how valuable you are to God. When God intervenes, we should gain assurance that God is at work in our live bringing about His plan for us. What a blessing it is for you and I to learn from each intervention our Lord brings into our lives!
 
We also learned from Mary that God will empower you for the task that He gives you to walk through. Our Lord prepared the way for Mary, caused un-natural conception, then empowered her to carry out God’s plan. Our Lord will never intervene in your life, without equipping you with the Holy Spirit so that you can see it to completion. Too many times we plow our way through “an incident” without learning from it. 
Another way that God will help you through whatever intervention He brings into your life is by providing physical support for you, like He did for Mary; God told Mary about Elizabeth, it was Elizabeth who could offer physical support and assurance to Mary during days of difficulty. When God intervenes in your life and you want to say no, that’s the wrong answer. The Holy Spirit will never prompt you to do something, without giving you the necessary help to accomplish it. God empowered Mary with His Spirit and with physical support from Elizabeth. 
 
We learned from Mary that when God intervenes in our lives, He expects a response. Mary responded by saying “I am God’ servant, let me be used in whatever way brings Him glory.” If you have a servant’s heart, you are ready for God’s intervention. 
 
Sermon 3 God’s intervention in the Shepherds’ lives
 
Last time I taught on God’s intervention in the life of the Shepherds. We learned that it doesn’t matter who you are, there are no “social” qualifications for God to intervene in your life. The shepherds might seem to us like they should be the last people to hear about Christ’s birth. The fact that they were the first to hear must have had something to do with God’s knowing how they would receive it and what they would do after God intervened. 
 
The shepherds made their living taking care of sheep on the hillsides and mountains surrounding Jerusalem. They would have had time to meditate on prophecies about the coming Messiah. The lambs from the sheep they were caring for, were most likely sold to people as sacrificial lambs. The shepherds had a keen understanding of one lamb dieing for the sin of the people. 
 
The shepherds would have understood peace, it was a way of life for them, they would have understood a lamb being sacrificed for the sins of the people. They were expecting God to intervene. Their response to Gabriel’s announcement was “Let’s go see this thing which has come to pass. They didn’t question whether it had happened or not. Based on the shepherds experience we learn that we can place ourselves in the position to receive God’s intervention. 
 
When God intervenes in your life, it is to bring confirmation to you faith. What a privilege it is to know that God cares enough about you to intervene in your life, to bring you the assurance that He really does care about your faith journey. When it may seem like no one else cares, our Lord cares, He lets us know through the things that happen to us. When God intervenes in your life He wants to give you a testimony about His working in your life. We live by faith, but our faith is confirmed to us by God’s intervention in our lives
 
 When the shepherds received confirmation of their faith, they proclaimed it to everyone they saw. God’s intervention in your life is always for confirmation and proclamation to His Glory. Last week I raised the question “how old is your testimony?” If you need to go back 1-5 years to give a testimony of God working in your life, you need to consider your position to receive God’s intervention. When God intervenes in your life, he wants to give you the assurance of your faith, assurance brings peace, and peace that comes from Christ brings Joy. 
 
What more can be said about God’s intervention in your life?? Today we look at two devout people of faith—Simeon and Anna. Both of them were well along in years, both had dedicated their lives to serving our Lord.
 
 
Let’s consider Simeon for a few moments---
Simeon received a promise from the Holy Spirit; The promise was one of gigantic proportions. Simeon was promised that he would see the Messiah before he died. Why was seeing the promised Messiah so important to Simeon?? When you love God, it is natural for that love to be given to others. Simeon’s love for God was manifested in his love for hurting people. Simeon must have prayed earnestly for peace to come to Israel. At some point in his prayers and meditation, the Holy Spirit intervened and spoke to Simeon’s heart promising him that he would see the promised Messiah before He died. I often wonder if our hurried life style keeps us from really hearing the promises God so longs to give us. We so easily succumb to hurried life style of our society. When was the last time you were still enough, long enough, so our Lord could reveal a promise to you??? I wonder sometimes if God needs to intervene in our lives simply to get our attention?? 
 
What a promise for Simeon to receive!! The Long awaited Messiah would come in his lifetime!! It was a motivator for him to continue steadfast in his faith as he grew older.
When God intervenes in your life, He wants to increase your faith. Often though, as faith increases, the things that use to shake us, don’t have that same effect that they did before. A great caution for us from Simeon is that we should be careful to continue our fervency and expectancy for God’s intervention. 
 
Anna and Simeon never grew tired of seeking their Lord. They continued fervently seeking Him even into their later years. They were both longing for the Messiah to come—the One who would bring peace and hope to the nation of Israel. Once they saw Jesus with their own eyes and held Him in their own arms, they were ready to be called to heaven. The longing of their lives was found in a little baby, a baby born to bring salvation to some, and the reality of hell to others. At long last, Simeon and Anna could now confidently die, knowing the price had been paid for their sins. What a joy for them to be at peace with their own deaths! They knew that Christ had come to pay the penalty for their sins. They could now rejoice even in death, because the peace of Christ ruled in their hearts. 
 
This was only the beginning of Christ’s intervention in people’s lives. Jesus came and walked among us so He could walk the path we walk, so He could suffer all the same things we suffer. So He could be tempted in every way as we have been, yet remain sinless. What a privilege for you and I to have Jesus Christ intervene in our lives!! 
 
Let’s look at 4 things we can learn from God’s intervention in Simeon and Anna’s lives… 
When God Intervenes…
 
1. God wants to LIFT me up. Vs. 26-38
 
You cannot miss the joy and expectation that is such a big part of the Christmas story. When our Lord intervenes in your life, He wants to give you a lift. Sometimes it may not seem like it. Sometimes His intervention may seem uncharacteristic of a loving merciful God. Regardless of the type of intervention or how you may perceive it, you can be assured that your Lord is always leading you through to a deeper faith and knowledge of Him which will result in Joy. 
 
Simeon and Anna were people of prayer and worship. They found joy in their prayers and worship. That’s why going to the temple was such a big part of their lives. 
 
Where do you go when you need to be lifted up??? For Simeon and Anna the answer is really quite obvious—they went to church. Worship and prayer was the joy of their lives. Living to follow God’s will was at the very center of everything they did. And the result was Joy. Each of us needs to decide whether we are going to do what we want, which may result in temporary happiness, and ask God to bless it, or go do what God wants because the Joy of the Lord is our strength. 
 
How did Simeon keep his faith fervent all those years?? And how can you be lifted up??  
 
The key is to be Spirit-led—God, the Holy Spirit will use more and more things in your life to intervene if you will become attentive to that voice that says “Don’t let this one pass so quickly, there is something I want to teach you about Me, yourself, other people , and especially about my kingdom.”
 
Next time you something happens in your life, be careful that you don’t dismiss it so quickly. It may very well be that your Lord is intervening to lift you to a higher place of faith and Joy in the Him. 
 
2. God’s timing is ALWAYS right. Vs. 26,34,37-38
 
Isn’t it great to know that our Lord is always on time…nothing ever surprises Him!
Consider how the timing of the events of this day all had to be worked out ahead of time. 
The temple was a large place, there was probably more than one baby in the temple. It is very possible that Mary and Josephs could have entered the temple and left without ever seeing Simeon; without ever hearing Simeon’s confirmation about Jesus. Anna could have easily missed Mary and Joseph’s visit to the temple. God’s timing had everyone there at the right time, almost like a carefully prompted play. Where is God in your life?? Don’t overlook the obvious, He is at work orchestrating your life, intervening in ways you have yet to discover!! Much of our concern and worry has to do with events of the future that will probably not happen. The fact that God is always on time should give us a lift as we live each day. 
 
How do you think Simeon prayed after holding baby Jesus in his arms?? Do you suppose the next time he prayed, he prayed differently??---Certainly he did!! 
Our problem is that we pray and then never relate anything that happens,-- to our prayers. Have you ever wondered how many of your prayers have been answered, but because you did not consider God’s intervention in your life, your prayer seemed to go unanswered?? Imagine if Simeon would have thought “you know I’m not going to the temple today, I doubt anything exciting will happen anyway? 
Never underestimate the timing of circumstances, they may very well be an affirmation of your prayers. 
 
 
3. It’s NOT just about Me. Vs. 30-34, 38
 
Vs. 30-31 My eyes have seen the salvation which thou hast prepared for ALL people.
Vs. 34  Simeon blessed Mary and Joseph  
38 Anna spoke to all who would listen that the Christ had come into the world. 
 
What would have happened if Simeon would have noticed the baby in Mary’s arms and thought to himself, “That baby is the promised Messiah, I wonder if I should tell them??”
Simeon knew that God’s intervention was not for him alone, but it was for everyone who would recognize Jesus as Lord. Simeon’s words are part of the liturgy in many churches and they are repeated millions of times all over the world on any given Sunday. Simeon knew that the coming of Jesus to earth was not for him alone, he openly declared that Christ had come to ALL people who will acknowledge Him as Lord. From that acknowledgment comes peace. Knowing Jesus and acknowledging Him brings peace and Joy. 
 
When God intervenes in your life it is never just about you!! When God intervenes in your life, you need to realize He is a BIG God and the joy He seeks to bring is for all people. That seemingly small intervention may be a starting point for God to do big things in another person’s life through you. 
 
4. It’s about SALVATION for all people. 
 
God’s intervention is always about salvation. It’s about changing a person’s heart from survival from one day to the next, from one paycheck to the next, --to waiting for that moment of moments when at last Christ Jesus we will see. When Simeon finally got to see Jesus, the hope of his life, he was more than ready to die. The same Spirit that had provided for the support of his hope, now provided for him to be ready for eternal life. Death was not an issue for Simeon, why? Because he had held the salvation for ALL people in his arms. Do you have the confidence of Simeon to see death?? 1 Cor. 15:19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 
 
Simeon said ‘now let me depart in peace, for I have seen with my own eyes, the salvation which God has prepared for all people. God intervenes in your life first so that you may be saved from the reality of the fires of hell. Once you are saved, he then intervenes in your life to remind you where your heart’s desire needs to be. He intervenes to remind us of the peace that He alone can bring to our hearts. 
 
Tomorrow we begin a new year, will your response to your Lord’s intervention be different than it was during 2006?? It is my prayer that you will be more sensitive to each circumstance, could this be my Lord moving me to a new step in my faith journey??
 
Remember when God intervenes, He wants to lift you from being “stuck” in earthly circumstances to being “lifted” through the peace and presence of the Holy Spirit.
You can find peace in the fact that our Lord is never late, when the time was right, Jesus came to earth. Remember God’ intervention isn’t just about you, but when He intervenes in your life, it’s about salvation for all people. 
 
 
May 2007 find you celebrating with Simeon the peace and joy of Christ’s intervention. 
 
 
 
 
When God Intervenes…Simeon Sermon 4
Luke 2: 21-40, Philippians 2:13, Lamentations 3:27-40, 1 Corinthians 15:19
 
Today we conclude this advent series of sermons on God’s Intervention in our lives. You may be thinking—Finally!! As the Christmas season ends and a new year begins, it has been my prayer that this series of sermons would prepare each of you for a new year of God’s working in your lives. As you look to a new year I’m praying that you will be more aware of the ways in which He seeks to draw you closer and increase you faith.
 
How does God intervene in your life?? He intervenes in many unique ways. Part of the beauty of His intervention, is that God always comes when we need Him the most. Something I have not said about this series of sermons that perhaps needs to be said-- is that I wrote the outline for all 4 sermons while waiting outside my mom’s hospital room the day after dad’s funeral. 
 
 Much has changed in my life these last few weeks, you might call it God’s intervention. In one of the sermons we learned that God intervenes in various ways, sometimes in a birth and sometimes in death. God’s intervention regardless of how you and I perceive it, is always for the greater good of your relationship with Him. Our Lord specializes in turning something we think of as bad, into something that brings glory to Him and blessing to us. 
 
So how do you know when God is intervening in your life?? The best way for you and I to determine God’s intervention is to study how He has intervened in people’s lives in the past. It is far too easy for you and I to consider God’s intervention as just an inconvenience or an interruption in our lives. You may have heard someone say that they ran into a hiccup, or a minor thing that happened and it caused a delay, but it was no big deal. Certainly each of us encounters various trials and joys in our lives, how do we know which ones are from God?? Let’s review some of the things we have learned in the previous 3 sermons..
 
Sermon 1 God’s intervention in Zechariah’s life
 
We have learned that when God intervenes the intervention often takes us by surprise. We are afraid, there is something about a Holy God intervening in your life and mine, that makes us shudder as He draws near. God is in those occurrences in your life that kind of come back to you, for example--something happens in your day, it may be resolved quickly or slowly, the key is that at some point, your conscience says, “wait a minute, what was that about?” Is there more to it than a simple problem in my day?? Is my Lord trying to teach me something through that occurrence?? When God comes near as the Holy Spirit, speaking to your heart, there is often a sense of “What is my Lord telling me?” 
 
 
 
We also learned that often times we try to rationalize away God’s intervention. The very thing that God wants to use in our lives to draw us closer to Him is the very thing we have a tendency to regard as circumstantial. The key then is to consider your ways, (Haggai 1: 5&7) says “Give careful thought to you ways.” Lamentations 3:40 says “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. The circumstances of your life should always cause you to reflect on what God may be trying to teach you. Philippians 2:13 says “ it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” The key is that you need to develop a sensitive heart. A heart that is willing to respond to God at the slightest prompting.  
 
We also learned that God always comes through for us, you may have been praying for something for years, you may have even given up, we learned from Zechariah that God always comes through and that we should never give up on our prayers. God says to us “I’m not kidding.” Our God reigns, and His desire is to lead your life through the various things that happen to you. 
 
Sermon—2 God’s intervention in Mary’s life
 
When God intervened in Mary’s life we learned that God’ intervention in your life means you have found favor with God. Think for a moment of all the times God intervenes in people’s lives, but because they do not recognize God or worship Him with thanksgiving, they fail to learn anything from God’s intervention. The people that have found favor with God are the people who learn from each intervention God makes into their lives. The key is to make the connection, to know that God is actually at work in your life. You may have a flat tire on your car when you leave your house to go to work tomorrow; Your first thought is most likely “getting to work on time, or getting the tire fixed.” Could it be that the flat tire is God intervening in your life to teach you something you have yet to really consider?? Many people have flat tires and never think about connecting the “problem” to an intervention from God. The fact that you sense God at work in your life should always remind you of how valuable you are to God. When God intervenes, we should gain assurance that God is at work in our live bringing about His plan for us. What a blessing it is for you and I to learn from each intervention our Lord brings into our lives!
 
We also learned from Mary that God will empower you for the task that He gives you to walk through. Our Lord prepared the way for Mary, caused un-natural conception, then empowered her to carry out God’s plan. Our Lord will never intervene in your life, without equipping you with the Holy Spirit so that you can see it to completion. Too many times we plow our way through “an incident” without learning from it. 
Another way that God will help you through whatever intervention He brings into your life is by providing physical support for you, like He did for Mary; God told Mary about Elizabeth, it was Elizabeth who could offer physical support and assurance to Mary during days of difficulty. When God intervenes in your life and you want to say no, that’s the wrong answer. The Holy Spirit will never prompt you to do something, without giving you the necessary help to accomplish it. God empowered Mary with His Spirit and with physical support from Elizabeth. 
 
We learned from Mary that when God intervenes in our lives, He expects a response. Mary responded by saying “I am God’ servant, let me be used in whatever way brings Him glory.” If you have a servant’s heart, you are ready for God’s intervention. 
 
Sermon 3 God’s intervention in the Shepherds’ lives
 
Last time I taught on God’s intervention in the life of the Shepherds. We learned that it doesn’t matter who you are, there are no “social” qualifications for God to intervene in your life. The shepherds might seem to us like they should be the last people to hear about Christ’s birth. The fact that they were the first to hear must have had something to do with God’s knowing how they would receive it and what they would do after God intervened. 
 
The shepherds made their living taking care of sheep on the hillsides and mountains surrounding Jerusalem. They would have had time to meditate on prophecies about the coming Messiah. The lambs from the sheep they were caring for, were most likely sold to people as sacrificial lambs. The shepherds had a keen understanding of one lamb dieing for the sin of the people. 
 
The shepherds would have understood peace, it was a way of life for them, they would have understood a lamb being sacrificed for the sins of the people. They were expecting God to intervene. Their response to Gabriel’s announcement was “Let’s go see this thing which has come to pass. They didn’t question whether it had happened or not. Based on the shepherds experience we learn that we can place ourselves in the position to receive God’s intervention. 
 
When God intervenes in your life, it is to bring confirmation to you faith. What a privilege it is to know that God cares enough about you to intervene in your life, to bring you the assurance that He really does care about your faith journey. When it may seem like no one else cares, our Lord cares, He lets us know through the things that happen to us. When God intervenes in your life He wants to give you a testimony about His working in your life. We live by faith, but our faith is confirmed to us by God’s intervention in our lives
 
 When the shepherds received confirmation of their faith, they proclaimed it to everyone they saw. God’s intervention in your life is always for confirmation and proclamation to His Glory. Last week I raised the question “how old is your testimony?” If you need to go back 1-5 years to give a testimony of God working in your life, you need to consider your position to receive God’s intervention. When God intervenes in your life, he wants to give you the assurance of your faith, assurance brings peace, and peace that comes from Christ brings Joy. 
 
What more can be said about God’s intervention in your life?? Today we look at two devout people of faith—Simeon and Anna. Both of them were well along in years, both had dedicated their lives to serving our Lord.
 
 
Let’s consider Simeon for a few moments---
Simeon received a promise from the Holy Spirit; The promise was one of gigantic proportions. Simeon was promised that he would see the Messiah before he died. Why was seeing the promised Messiah so important to Simeon?? When you love God, it is natural for that love to be given to others. Simeon’s love for God was manifested in his love for hurting people. Simeon must have prayed earnestly for peace to come to Israel. At some point in his prayers and meditation, the Holy Spirit intervened and spoke to Simeon’s heart promising him that he would see the promised Messiah before He died. I often wonder if our hurried life style keeps us from really hearing the promises God so longs to give us. We so easily succumb to hurried life style of our society. When was the last time you were still enough, long enough, so our Lord could reveal a promise to you??? I wonder sometimes if God needs to intervene in our lives simply to get our attention?? 
 
What a promise for Simeon to receive!! The Long awaited Messiah would come in his lifetime!! It was a motivator for him to continue steadfast in his faith as he grew older.
When God intervenes in your life, He wants to increase your faith. Often though, as faith increases, the things that use to shake us, don’t have that same effect that they did before. A great caution for us from Simeon is that we should be careful to continue our fervency and expectancy for God’s intervention. 
 
Anna and Simeon never grew tired of seeking their Lord. They continued fervently seeking Him even into their later years. They were both longing for the Messiah to come—the One who would bring peace and hope to the nation of Israel. Once they saw Jesus with their own eyes and held Him in their own arms, they were ready to be called to heaven. The longing of their lives was found in a little baby, a baby born to bring salvation to some, and the reality of hell to others. At long last, Simeon and Anna could now confidently die, knowing the price had been paid for their sins. What a joy for them to be at peace with their own deaths! They knew that Christ had come to pay the penalty for their sins. They could now rejoice even in death, because the peace of Christ ruled in their hearts. 
 
This was only the beginning of Christ’s intervention in people’s lives. Jesus came and walked among us so He could walk the path we walk, so He could suffer all the same things we suffer. So He could be tempted in every way as we have been, yet remain sinless. What a privilege for you and I to have Jesus Christ intervene in our lives!! 
 
Let’s look at 4 things we can learn from God’s intervention in Simeon and Anna’s lives… 
When God Intervenes…
 
1. God wants to LIFT me up. Vs. 26-38
 
You cannot miss the joy and expectation that is such a big part of the Christmas story. When our Lord intervenes in your life, He wants to give you a lift. Sometimes it may not seem like it. Sometimes His intervention may seem uncharacteristic of a loving merciful God. Regardless of the type of intervention or how you may perceive it, you can be assured that your Lord is always leading you through to a deeper faith and knowledge of Him which will result in Joy. 
 
Simeon and Anna were people of prayer and worship. They found joy in their prayers and worship. That’s why going to the temple was such a big part of their lives. 
 
Where do you go when you need to be lifted up??? For Simeon and Anna the answer is really quite obvious—they went to church. Worship and prayer was the joy of their lives. Living to follow God’s will was at the very center of everything they did. And the result was Joy. Each of us needs to decide whether we are going to do what we want, which may result in temporary happiness, and ask God to bless it, or go do what God wants because the Joy of the Lord is our strength. 
 
How did Simeon keep his faith fervent all those years?? And how can you be lifted up??  
 
The key is to be Spirit-led—God, the Holy Spirit will use more and more things in your life to intervene if you will become attentive to that voice that says “Don’t let this one pass so quickly, there is something I want to teach you about Me, yourself, other people , and especially about my kingdom.”
 
Next time you something happens in your life, be careful that you don’t dismiss it so quickly. It may very well be that your Lord is intervening to lift you to a higher place of faith and Joy in the Him. 
 
2. God’s timing is ALWAYS right. Vs. 26,34,37-38
 
Isn’t it great to know that our Lord is always on time…nothing ever surprises Him!
Consider how the timing of the events of this day all had to be worked out ahead of time. 
The temple was a large place, there was probably more than one baby in the temple. It is very possible that Mary and Josephs could have entered the temple and left without ever seeing Simeon; without ever hearing Simeon’s confirmation about Jesus. Anna could have easily missed Mary and Joseph’s visit to the temple. God’s timing had everyone there at the right time, almost like a carefully prompted play. Where is God in your life?? Don’t overlook the obvious, He is at work orchestrating your life, intervening in ways you have yet to discover!! Much of our concern and worry has to do with events of the future that will probably not happen. The fact that God is always on time should give us a lift as we live each day. 
 
How do you think Simeon prayed after holding baby Jesus in his arms?? Do you suppose the next time he prayed, he prayed differently??---Certainly he did!! 
Our problem is that we pray and then never relate anything that happens,-- to our prayers. Have you ever wondered how many of your prayers have been answered, but because you did not consider God’s intervention in your life, your prayer seemed to go unanswered?? Imagine if Simeon would have thought “you know I’m not going to the temple today, I doubt anything exciting will happen anyway? 
Never underestimate the timing of circumstances, they may very well be an affirmation of your prayers. 
 
 
3. It’s NOT just about Me. Vs. 30-34, 38
 
Vs. 30-31 My eyes have seen the salvation which thou hast prepared for ALL people.
Vs. 34  Simeon blessed Mary and Joseph  
38 Anna spoke to all who would listen that the Christ had come into the world. 
 
What would have happened if Simeon would have noticed the baby in Mary’s arms and thought to himself, “That baby is the promised Messiah, I wonder if I should tell them??”
Simeon knew that God’s intervention was not for him alone, but it was for everyone who would recognize Jesus as Lord. Simeon’s words are part of the liturgy in many churches and they are repeated millions of times all over the world on any given Sunday. Simeon knew that the coming of Jesus to earth was not for him alone, he openly declared that Christ had come to ALL people who will acknowledge Him as Lord. From that acknowledgment comes peace. Knowing Jesus and acknowledging Him brings peace and Joy. 
 
When God intervenes in your life it is never just about you!! When God intervenes in your life, you need to realize He is a BIG God and the joy He seeks to bring is for all people. That seemingly small intervention may be a starting point for God to do big things in another person’s life through you. 
 
4. It’s about SALVATION for all people. 
 
God’s intervention is always about salvation. It’s about changing a person’s heart from survival from one day to the next, from one paycheck to the next, --to waiting for that moment of moments when at last Christ Jesus we will see. When Simeon finally got to see Jesus, the hope of his life, he was more than ready to die. The same Spirit that had provided for the support of his hope, now provided for him to be ready for eternal life. Death was not an issue for Simeon, why? Because he had held the salvation for ALL people in his arms. Do you have the confidence of Simeon to see death?? 1 Cor. 15:19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 
 
Simeon said ‘now let me depart in peace, for I have seen with my own eyes, the salvation which God has prepared for all people. God intervenes in your life first so that you may be saved from the reality of the fires of hell. Once you are saved, he then intervenes in your life to remind you where your heart’s desire needs to be. He intervenes to remind us of the peace that He alone can bring to our hearts. 
 
Tomorrow we begin a new year, will your response to your Lord’s intervention be different than it was during 2006?? It is my prayer that you will be more sensitive to each circumstance, could this be my Lord moving me to a new step in my faith journey??
 
Remember when God intervenes, He wants to lift you from being “stuck” in earthly circumstances to being “lifted” through the peace and presence of the Holy Spirit.
You can find peace in the fact that our Lord is never late, when the time was right, Jesus came to earth. Remember God’ intervention isn’t just about you, but when He intervenes in your life, it’s about salvation for all people. 
 
 
May 2007 find you celebrating with Simeon the peace and joy of Christ’s intervention. 
 
 
 
 
 
   Discussion: When God Intervenes....Simeon and Anna

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