Sunday, April 8, 2012

To Find God Follow This Woman. Luke 2:38

God Loves You
Many of us want to find God.  The Bible tells about one who did find The Lord and it was not who you expect.

"...She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem." .Luke 2:37-38.

Little is told about Anna except that she was a widow, she was old, a prophetess, and she lived at the temple fasting and praying.  She met Jesus when he an eight-day-old baby.

Anna Gave Thanks 
She was looking for Messiah and did not give up.  We are an impatient generation and can't wait for results.  God is not bound by our schedules or our agendas.  He created time and uses it for His perfect purpose.  We must not say, "I tried to find God for a while, but He didn't come when I rang the bell so I gave up."  We do not understand why He delays to reveal himself, but his desire is to be known and to have a relationship with us.  Waiting gets us ready, proves our sincerity, and it is a part of our spiritual pilgrimage.

We are part of a conflict between God and evil.  Evil wants to delay the answer and evil stands between us and God's revelation. Anna had the answer- she remained faithful in the courts of the temple, fasted and prayed. We should remain faithful to personal devotions, truth, prayer, and fellowship with those who love Our Heavenly King.

She told everyone who was seeking about Jesus the promised Messiah.  It was not boasting but it is the duty of the prophet to speak the truth and Jesus is the truth (John 14:6).  It is the duty of a prophet to speak The Lord's message and Jesus is the "Word" (John 1:1, 14).  More than that she was excited; she had spent her life waiting, as many prophets before her, and here was the one she was waiting for.

Anna's example of giving thanks directs us to be thankful.  We should thank Our Heavenly Father for what we do know, and that He promises that "we will find Him when we seek him with all our hearts." (Jeremiah 29:13).  In faith thank God that He will reveal himself to us and that He will keep His promise.

Anna met God and it was an act of faith.  She only saw God's reflection in the packaging as the baby Jesus. She did not live long to see his morally perfect life, his sacrifice for our sins, his resurrection or the ascension to heaven with the promise to return.  She saw the promise and it was enough because the most important thing about Anna was her faith.  She believed the promises for a coming Savior. We can be like her if we believe the promise of Jesus.

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