If we were to follow Simeon's example and find that same peaceful acceptance of death, we would focus our efforts on becoming "righteous and devout". Simeon didn't become confident in the Lord's plans for his life overnight; he cultivated a deep relationship with God and his confidence arose out of that relationship. Next we would recognize the promises He has already made to us and thank Him for their fulfillment: promises in Scripture of salvation, of grace, of protection, of love. We can learn about the prophesies made--such as the promise to send a Messiah--and God's faithfulness in making each one come true. Thirdly, we would be open to the possibility that He might make personal promises to us and have the faith to see their fulfillment. The promise to see the coming of the Messiah wasn't made to every Jew in Jerusalem of the time, or even to every "righteous and devout" Jew. As far as we know, it was a promise made only to Simeon. Because he had cultivated that relationship with the Lord he was able to hear the promise made, and because he trusted the Lord's faithfulness he was able to wait with expectant faith to see the fulfillment.
What can you do today to imitate Simeon's example and prepare yourself for a more peaceful attitude toward death?
Linked with Modest Monday