Samuel reminds the people - your hope comes from God. Not from earthly leaders or institutions, but from God. He is the source and author of life. He is the one that makes all, both seen and unseen. He is the one that gives life. The people now had a king. Samuel reminds that God, in the end, is king.
Today, as we work for good in all that we do, as we try to be the people that God calls us to be, let us be reminded that our hope is not in preachers, politicians, or anything in this world. Our hope is in our God. May we trust in Him.
New Testament Lesson
In this passage, we focus a lot on Simeon, but notice where Peter and John were in this text. Samaria. They were with the Samaritans. And, in that day, the Jews and Samaritans were not the best of friends. In John, the disciples were shocked that Jesus went through Samaria talked with the woman at the well. Now, here they are, telling about Jesus.
Jesus commands us to go where there is need and bring His good news. Sometimes that's around the world. Sometimes, its across the street. Sometime the place that needs to hear the good news of God's grace and mercy the most is in our hearts. Today, where ever there is hurt, God wants to bring His grace, mercy, and life. Today, may we be about carrying that grace with us wherever we go.
Jesus was paraded before many people on the night of His crucifixion. Yet, no one took the time to notice or understand that the very Son of God was standing in their midst. May we not be so busy today that we miss the very presence of God in our lives.