Summary: Many of us are waiting on God for something. What are you waiting on from God? What are you doing while we wait? Have we done all we can do? Are trusting God with what we cannot do?
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ? Luke 2:25
Many of us are waiting on God for something.
What are you waiting on from God?
What are you doing while we wait?
Have we done all we can do?
Are trusting God with what we cannot do?
1- Only in America can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
2- Only in America are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3- Only in America do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions, while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
4- Only in America do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.
5- Only in America do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our junk in the garage. Hello.
6- Only in America do we use answering machines to screen calls and have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.
7- Only in America do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
I. SIMEON WAITED FOR THE CHRIST v.25
A. Not Idly
B. Not Pessimistically
C. But Striving
Ed Watt was visiting a local department store with his wife. They had just purchased a piece of luggage and a cooler. As Ed was waiting for his wife to finish the rest of her shopping he dragged the luggage and cooler around with him to the shoe department. A clerk asked if he could be of assistance. “No, thank you," Ed replied. “I’m just waiting for my wife." At that point, a man behind him said, "I’m waiting for my wife, too, but I never thought of bringing a lunch and an overnight bag with me."
II. SIMEON SAW THE CHRIST v.30
A. Not just the Babe
B. not just the Spirit
C. Simeon saw God’s plan
D. Simeon saw the means to make the dreams reality
E. Simeon saw “with God all things are possible”
1. virgin born Babe
2. God became flesh
3. God’s love for mankind
4. God’s Word
III. SIMEON EMBRACED CHRIST v.28
A. Not just holding Christ, but holding onto Christ
B. Now he was ready to die v. 29
C. He found God’s Word sure
1. The promised Messiah v.25
2. The promised vision v. 26
IV. SIMEON PROCLAIMED CHRIST v.34-38
A. He couldn’t keep quiet v.38
B. The Death and Resurrection v.34
C. The Disbelief of many v.35
There was a man who was having some very serious financial problems. He went to his pastor and told him of all his troubles.
The Pastor told him that if he would pray then God would provide for his needs.
So the man went home that night and prayed “Dear Lord please let me win the lottery so that I can pay all my bills. Thank you. Amen.”
So the lottery came and went and the man did not win. So he went back to his pastor to ask why God hadn’t answered his prayer.
The pastor told him that you must have faith; if you have enough faith then God will always answer your prayer.
So the man went home and prayed even harder. “Dear Lord Please let me win the lottery. I believe that you can hear me and that you will answer my prayer. Thank you. Amen.”
The lottery again came and went and he still did not win.
He went back to his pastor and asked why God had not answered his prayer. The pastor told him that if he would repent and beg God for help He would surely help him.
So he went home and started praying, “Dear God forgive me of my sins, I want to live for you Lord, Lord just please...” All the sudden a loud voice came from heaven “WOULD YOU PLEASE BUY A TICKET!”
Some times God is waiting for us to take the necessary action so that He can bless us.
Now buying a lottery ticket is not one of those actions, but it makes the point.