Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. -Luke 2:25-27 NIV
It was in the temple courts that Simeon would meet Mary and Joseph. It was here that young parents would be encouraged by a prophetic word from a righteous and devout man. I love how this passage speaks of Simeon as a man who had a relationship with God. The Holy Spirit revealed things to him and led him. It is only fitting that God should use such a man to encourage Mary and Joseph. I pray that I would be such a man who hears God's voice and is led by His Spirit. And is used by the Lord to speak His words and to encourage strangers.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing Advent series.