“This woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”
Sometimes, we wonder if our lives could ever really make a difference. We see others who are being used by God, and we think, “of course God uses them, they are so…” But when it comes to us, we think, “God can’t use me because…”
I think Anna is a great example, as well as a source of encouragement. We all know, as we age, the body breaks down. We are not able to do some of the things we did when we were younger. That is true of us and it was true of Anna. I love, that instead of regretting what she could not do, Anna found a way to effectively serve the Lord. She fasted, prayed and hung out around the temple. What a source of encouragement it would be for those coming to the temple, to always see this woman. She was a landmark. Just being there would afford her great opportunities to serve the Lord, and be a blessing to others. We read,
“She spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption. . .” Luke 2:38
I think of Jesus’ words to the church of Philadelphia,
“See I have set before you an open door, . . .” Revelation 3:8
I believe that is true for each of us. What door is open right in front of you? Instead of looking at all the ways we cannot serve the Lord, let’s determine we will look for the ways we can serve. Let’s keep our eyes open for any door that cracks open, and push through it to speak of Him to those who are searching for redemption.
Questions for Luke 2
- Bethlehem is also known in the Bible as the city of_____________?
- The shepherds set for us a good example when they made widely known the message of Jesus coming. In what ways could you make the message of Jesus known to those around you?
- Simeon’s response to seeing Jesus was the response that we should have. It was a response of praise and worship. In his personal worship he declares that salvation through Jesus was prepared for ______________?
- What is the key word in that answer?
- Now turn to John 3:16. We see who the gospel is for, but what is the key for one to have everlasting life?
- What was Anna known as?
- What was Anna’s response to seeing Jesus?
- Every year Joseph and Mary went where?
- How long was Jesus separated from his parents when He was in Jerusalem?