Simeon waited. Luke 2:25 says, “And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.”
What was the promise he was waiting for? Verse 26 says, “And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”
Joseph and Mary brought Jesus into the temple. Simeon took Him in his arms. Verse 29 says, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word.”
The disciples waited. Just before Jesus ascended into heaven He gave them instructions. Luke 24:49 says, “Behold, I sent the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Acts 1:12 says that they returned to Jerusalem. While they waited they spent the time in prayer and supplication. What was the result of their waiting? Acts 2:1 says, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
They were to wait until they were endued with power from the Holy Spirit. Verse 4 says, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…” Acts 2 is a great chapter. The result of their waiting recorded the beginning of the church.
Acts 2:41 says, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Ephesians 1:23 says, of the church, “Which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Waiting requires focus on the Lord. Our flesh loves to look at our circumstances or others. Psalm 62:5 says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”
Facing an impossibility in our own strength will weaken our faith. Abraham did not even consider his body or the deadness of Sarah’s womb. Consider means to ponder and think about. The moment we dialogue about our impossibility, we enter into the futile activity of worry.
Waiting requires faith. Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Waiting is the precursor to endurance. Waiting is a trial that the Lord uses to develop our character so that we can reflect His character to others.
The Lord has a specific intention in our waiting. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you…” The Hebrews word for gracious means to show favor. The verse continued, “…and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you…” The Hebrew word for mercy means to love deeply, be compassionate, and have tender affection. Here is the rest of the verse…For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.”