Cross Training

Do You Hear What I Hear – An Internal GPS

Isaiah 30:21 reads:

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (NIV)

Our car has a GPS. Helpful, yes. Always reliable, no. Like the time our destination was on a street with a Spanish name. We laugh about it now, but frustration builds when you need direction and can’t get it. Simeon was a guy with an internal GPS, the Holy Spirit.

We find his story in Luke 2. Described as righteous and devout, he, like Enoch, was a man who walked with God. Scripture says, “…the Holy Spirit was upon him…” In his time with the Holy Spirit, Simeon learned that he would see the Messiah in his lifetime. Luke gives us Simeon’s story in chapter 2, verses 25-32 of his gospel:

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was with him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he saw the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (NIV)

Look at verse 27:

“Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.”

And came face to face with his Messiah.

Check out his obedience: immediate and without question.

No stalling.

No whining.

No “…but I don’t feel like going to the Temple today.”

Train yourself to respond to God’s still, small voice, your internal GPS that is the Holy Spirit.

And keep your eyes open. There’s no telling where He will take you.