Every time that it happens, I long for Jesus to come back. I'm reminded of just how broken this world is. I want it to end and Jesus to come and restore righteousness.
But I have a confession to make, I don't always act on these injustices. Sometimes they are so overwhelming I don't even know where to start and other times I just get lost in my comfort zone. And sometimes I just hope and pray that God will fix it all.
Now don't get me wrong, hoping and praying that Jesus will return and redeem is a good thing. But that doesn't mean we get a free pass.
Look at Simeon in Luke 2:25-35:
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 upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courtsFirst thing that I noticed was that Simeon was a devout and righteous man. He had his head on straight. He was one of the few from the Jewish remnant who was eagerly awaiting the Messiah. He knew God's promises to deliver a Savior were coming.
The next thing that jumped off the page at me was that Simeon was "waiting for the consolation of Israel". Clearly he saw the brokenness of humanity and was waiting for it to be redeemed by the Redeemer and Messiah.
This is usually how I feel when I hear about awful injustices around the world and especially in the lives of the students who I hold so dear. I long for consolation and restoration.
But what is amazing about Simeon is that he doesn't just sit around and wait, he is moved to action. He knew God would fulfill his promise to deliver a Savior and he went to the temple where he would be sure to see this Messiah.
His action was motivated by his faith. He did not just wait idly but sought out the Messiah.
Do you just sit idly and hope for the Messiah to come? Or do you move into action?
Oh Lord move us into people of action. Rise up a generation that will not stand for injustice. Make us a nation who moves to seek you in every circumstance. Let us be more like Simeon and seek you first and always. Fill us with your Spirit and let us move as you lead us.
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