Five Minutes with God

Five Minutes with God is a distinct and exciting approach to daily Bible devotionals. Instead of a lofty goal of going through the entire Bible—or even the New Testament—in one year, Five Minutes with God focuses on shorter passages so that the reader can absorb more of the text and apply it to everyday life. This daily podcast will step you through the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ. Each day’s podcast also ends with a thought for further reflection and a call to prayer. By reading, reflecting, and praying, Five Minutes with God will help you come to know Him, love Him, and follow Him like never before.
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Jan 8, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:25-35

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Throughout Jesus’ life, many would deny, question, and reject Him, ultimately leading to His death on the cross. Simeon is a wonderful example of someone who recognized and accepted Jesus as the Son of God and promised Messiah, and glorified God because of Him, despite the fact that Jesus came in a form that was much different than many (possibly including Simeon) expected. What a wonderful example of faith and acceptance of God’s will and plan. In our lives today, God’s will and plan still does not always come in the form that we expect. His blessings and answers to our prayers may look much different than we anticipated. Yet God’s plan is always perfect and best for our lives. May God help us to have the faith to trust in His wisdom and accept His will for our lives.

Why does God’s plan so often differ from our own?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!