Tuesday, August 4, 2009

daily text 08/04

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
"Jehovah of Armies you are to revere as holy." (Isaiah 8:13, “Byington”)

The holy spirit produces within us a reverent attitude that keeps Jehovah before us constantly. One reverent elderly person in first-century Jerusalem was Simeon. (Luke 2:25-38) Simeon put faith in the Messianic prophecies and was “waiting for Israel’s consolation.” God poured out holy spirit upon Simeon and assured him that he would live to see the Messiah. And that is what happened. One day in the year 2 B.C.E., Jesus was brought to the temple by Mary and Joseph, the infant’s mother and adoptive father. Moved by holy spirit, Simeon uttered prophetic words about the Messiah and foretold sorrow for Mary, who experienced grief when Jesus was impaled on a torture stake. But imagine the great joy Simeon experienced when he took into his arms “the Christ of Jehovah”! And what a fine example of reverence Simeon set for God’s servants today!
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 1:18)

*Simeon is a great example of showing a "waiting-attitude." He never gave up hope in God's promise, even if some of his contemporaries did. Here are some good scriptures that remind us not to give up hope, even during times when we may feel like we've been forgotton about.

"This is what I shall bring back to my heart. That is why I shall show a waiting attitude...“Jehovah is my share,” my soul has said, “that is why I shall show a waiting attitude for him.” Good is Jehovah to the one hoping in him, to the soul that keeps seeking for him. Good it is that one should wait, even silently, for the salvation of Jehovah." (Lamentations 3:21, 24-26)

"But Zion kept saying: “Jehovah has left me, and Jehovah himself has forgotten me.” Can a wife forget her suckling so that she should not pity the son of her belly? Even these women can forget, yet I myself shall not forget you." (Isaiah 49:14, 15)

*that last scripture is especially comforting, when you consider how many stories there have been in the news lately about mothers who abandon or kill their own children. A mother may forget or abandon her child, but Jehovah never will.