24th September 2017

The Joy of Fulfilment 

“And when she finds it [her lost coin], she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 15:9-10 NIV UK 

In 1995, Lena Paahlsson lost her wedding ring while doing some cooking in her kitchen. After months of searching, it appeared the ring was lost forever. But 16 years later, as Lena was working in her garden, she made an incredible discovery: her wedding ring hooked around a small carrot that she just pulled up from the ground! This truly incredible story reminds me that in relationship with God, hope is never truly lost. Why? Because there are no expiration dates on his promises. Even when we might grow frustrated and give up hope, our Triune God never does—his promises always come through, even though their fulfilment might take a little bit longer than we’d like.

We see this repeated again and again throughout the Bible, in particular with a man named Simeon. Luke describes him as “righteous and devout” (Luke 2:25), and tells us that the Holy Spirit revealed to him that God’s promise of a Messiah would be fulfilled before he would die. When Mary and Joseph brought their new born son to the temple in Jerusalem to be named, Luke tells us “Moved by the Spirit, [Simeon] went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus…Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel’” (Luke 2:27-32).

Israel had waited for many years and many generations for God’s Messiah to arrive—possibly as long as 1,000 years. No doubt there were many who, over those centuries wondered if God’s promise would ever come true. So imagine the joy Simeon must have felt that day in the temple, seeing Jesus with his own eyes and realising that after all these years, God had remained faithful to his promise.

Proverbs tells us that, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12). It can be so difficult to wait for the fulfilment of God’s promises in our life. But remember, they have no expiration date, and he is always faithful. So the next time you’re getting impatient waiting on God, just remember the joy of Simeon at seeing Jesus in the Temple, and exclaiming that he was ready to die and enter into God’s peace or shalom. That very same joy awaits us when we put our trust fully in our God to deliver all he has promised, whether in our lifetime or in the future he has reserved for us.

Eternal Father, as you have promised, so you deliver. Faithful, true and loving. We, living in a world of lies and broken promises, so often need help in taking to heart that you are faithful and true, and that you love us. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach


About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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