Daily D – Luke 2:36-38
Luke 2:36-38 There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and was a widow for eighty-four years. She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. (CSB)
God’s timing is perfect. He is never early, never late. When we live our lives in step with him, we too will find ourselves in the right place at the right time. Take for example the characters from the Christmas story.
Simeon was in the right place at the right time. He was where he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there. (See Luke 2:25-35.)
Anna was also in the right place at the right time. Indeed, she was always where she was at this time. She had been there for a long time and was prepared to stay for the rest of her life. She was a prophetess, a female prophet.
The last prophet to speak or write a word from God was Malachi. Now hundreds of years later, God spoke through a little old lady who made her home as close to the visible presence of God as possible.
Her disciplined life (“serving God night and day with fasting and prayers”) placed her in position to see her prayers answered. She did two things upon recognizing Jesus for who he is. First, she thanked God. This is an automatic response for those who live in the expectancy of hearing God’s voice and seeing God’s hand at work.
Second, she did what a prophet does. She spoke truth to all who would listen. The Redeemer had arrived.
Christmas is a story filled with old people. Zechariah and Elizabeth were well past the normal age for having children. Simeon had lived a long life and was ready for the grave now that he had seen God fulfill his promise to him personally and to the whole world as well. Anna was well advanced in years. The wise men? They were most likely well seasoned.
The Christmas story also has a few notable young people. Mary was most likely a teenager. The company of shepherds was probably made up of teenagers and children.
People from all age groups and people groups converged to welcome Jesus into the world he created. Wise men and women and boys and girls and teenagers still do.
Have you made a place in your heart for Jesus? Is he welcome to move in? Is today the right time and the right place for you to know and experience him?
Today is a good day to learn to walk with Jesus. You will always find yourself in the right place at the right time. You never know what fascinating people you will meet. You do know life with Jesus will always be an adventure!
I will walk with Jesus.
Our Father, I want to be where you want me to be when you want me to be there. Lead me step by step through this day. Take me by the hand and show me the way. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”