Monday, December 14, 2015

Waiting For Jesus Like Anna

Riverside village in Cambodia

Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, He was name Jesus, the name given Him by the angel even before He was conceived.
Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple… She was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
Luke 2:21,36-38 (NLT)

What is the longest time you’ve waiting for something very special?

Anna waited her whole adult life.

If Anna followed cultural norms, she was widowed at around 21 years old. She worshiped God with fasting and prayer and was “very old” (nearing 84) on the day Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple. If my math is correct, Anna waited expectantly and persistently for about 60 years. Sixty years!

For what?

For rescue. For the promised Messiah. For God to make things right.

Anna knew the world was not as it should be. She would not be satisfied with the poverty, violence, oppression, fear, and corruption of her time.

By fasting from sunrise to sunset, Anna remained physically uncomfortable. Her desire for food paralleled her spirit’s desire for God’s justice. Anna committed herself to persistently pleading with God for rescue. She cried out with frustration and grief while proclaiming His promises.

Anna waited expectantly with complete faith that the Messiah would come.

What are you waiting for?
Have you become satisfied with the world?
Are you persistent in praying for change?
Are you confident that God will act?

#SeedsOfScripture #Christmas #JesusIsComing #BePersistent

1 comment:

  1. Cathy, A beautiful reminder that waiting on the Lord is worth it.