CHRISTMAS LESSONS FROM SIMEON AND ANNA 4: BE SURE IT IS GOD, THEN WAIT

Waiting on the promise of God is one very controversial issue among Christians these days. You probably know someone who claimed to be waiting for God for certain things obviously lacking in their lives for a very long period of time still waiting till today and you have beginning to doubt whether they really know what they are saying. Is it in God’s habit to take ages for him to bring whatever He has promised to pass or many people are just deceiving themselves trying to buy time looking for solutions in the name of God?

The man Called Simeon in Luke chapter 2 believed that God has revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah and Anna, believing that very soon, someday, the saviour would come before her death dedicated her entire adult life staying in the Temple day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer but not until the age of eighty-four before the promise became fulfilled.

The first thing you must know this morning as you go about your day’s activities is that if God made a promise, it will surely come to pass; the question however is how do you know that promise was made by God? Is it because it was prophesied by someone you know is regarded as man of God or because you heard God by yourself? If you heard God, how do you know that you are not hallucinating? What previous evidences of such hearings have you had that has come to pass to justify the integrity of God this time? Those are sincere questions you need to find answers to before you embark on that journey of waiting for God’s promises.

Many people have become frustrated, confused and have beginning to see everything being done in the church as scam because what they believe God promised to do for them were never told directly by God to them, so they have no evidence to backup their claims other than what they are told which may not always be the correct. It is pointless waiting for God to pass through a particular road when all the information you have is from a third party, you will end up frustrated if the promise tarries.

When somebody told you a vision, a dream or simply deliver a message supposedly from God to you, be sure to verify before getting enthusiastic about it. In the book of Jeremiah 29:23, the Lord spoke about punishing certain prophets who were lying in His name and saying things that He did not command to the people. So, if those kinds of men existed in those days, they probably still exist till now misleading people into believing what God has not said about them for some forms of gain and recognition and although God will punish them, the lives of the people they have successfully confused will be in trouble.

The truth here is that God speaks and when He does, He will bring to pass what he has promised no matter how long once your faith did not waver but you have to be sure that God has really spoken to you. No matter how terrible your situation seems to have become, learn to hear by yourself what God has said concerning the situation and you won’t be misled waiting for solutions that may never come. Abraham waited for many years for a child, but because he was sure dealing with God, his waiting eventually paid off. Yours by God’s grace is not going to take that long but God cannot be held responsible for what He did not orchestrate.

Has God promised to do something for you but it look like it is getting too long? I bring for you this morning a word of hope that He that promise is abundantly able and He is not going to delay anymore. Trust in him, remind Him of his words and continue to have faith. If He did it for Simeon and Anna irrespective of their different situation and age, yours cannot be a big deal.

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