The Longing

“Look at the people around you: the shoppers walking the malls, hunting for last-minute Christmas gifts, the enthusiastic fans at football and basketball games, fellow employees in the workplace. Do you think they’ve found happiness? As people rush through life — hurrying from paycheck to payment and from job to home and then doing it all over again — many of them feel empty inside.               

“They long for something to make their existence more meaningful and fulfilling. Unlike Simeon, whom we read about in Luke, chapter 2, many people don’t know what will bring happiness. The Holy Spirit had told Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the promised Messiah. When that extraordinary day came and Simeon came to the temple to meet Jesus, peace and contentment were guaranteed.            

“All around us are people who could have that same peace and contentment if they could just meet Jesus. As we see the crowds each day, we should be reminded to pray that the Holy Spirit will touch their hearts and make them want to see Jesus. They may be rushing around, but in their hearts they have a void waiting to be filled by the Messiah, the Lord Jesus. “

-J D Branon (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)               

“Now none but Christ can satisfy, None other name for me; There’s love and life and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.” – McGranahan    

There is a longing in every heart that only Jesus can satisfy!         

Pastor’s Note: Since I just spoke on Simeon this past Sunday, I thought the preceding devotion would be appropriate!