Lent Day 4: Who is Simeon?
Luke 3 “the son of Simeon”
His name means, ’God has heard.’
An old man goes to the doctor. He complains that his wife can’t hear.
“You need to test your wife. Stand far behind her and ask her a question. Then, start going closer to her. You will see how close you’ll get when she hears you.”
The old man is happy that he can help his wife. He runs home. He sees that his wife is making dinner.
“Honey!” the man says standing 20 feet away.
“What are we having for dinner?” he asks.
The wife doesn’t reply. The man tries again. He stands 15 feet away, but there is no answer. He stands 10 feet away and asks again. No answer.
Finally, he is 5 feet away, “Honey, what are we having for dinner?”
“I’ve told you four times! Lasagne!”
We all want to be heard and at times we all struggle to hear. But does God hear? Does God struggle?
Today Simeon calls to us: God does hear!
With us journeying through the Lenten season, I am purposely changing the application of these names so that we focus on Jesus. Here is a great verse to memorise:
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Hebrews 5:7
Did Jesus live a life of prayer? YES.
Did Jesus struggle in the place of prayer? YES.
Did Jesus become emotional in prayer? YES.
Was Jesus asking to be saved from death? YES.
Did the Father hear Jesus? YES.
Was Jesus saved from death? NO.
So does prayer work? YES.
The answer is the gospel. Timothy Keller in his great book on Prayer says, “God will answer us when we call because one terrible day he did not answer Jesus when he called … Jesus’ prayers were given the rejection that we sinners merit so that our prayers could have the reception that he merits … Jesus got the scorpion and the snake so that we could have food at the Father’s table.” (Luke 11:11-12)
Can you see this incredible gospel?
God heard but He didn’t answer because He had a higher plan and purpose for us.
God hears you today.
Don’t stop praying.
Keep struggling in prayer.
Make your petitions clear.
The answer may be YES and the answer may be NO but you will be answered.
God hears you today: Simeon.