Jacob's prayer, in verse 18, stands out in this list of blessings for his twelve sons. This is the first time the Hebrew word translated "wait" is used in the Bible. The word is also translated as expect and hope with an implication of tenderness. In the middle of blessing his sons, Jacob pauses to acknowledge the LORD as his only hope for the salvation of his descendants.
Isaiah 25:6-9 uniquely speaks about those who wait for the salvation of the LORD. On the day of our salvation, which is described as a feast, we will be glad and rejoice. For He will swallow up death forever and will wipe away the tears from all our faces. Hebrews 9:28 says Christ will appear a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
LORD Jesus Christ, my salvation. May I eagerly wait for You, not just for that day when You destroy death forever and wipe away my tears, but expectantly every day. I desire to wait and watch for Your direction and instruction to be and do all You desire of me.
Simeon was waiting for the consolation of Israel. He, too, was waiting for the salvation of the Lord. The Greek word for consolation is paraklesis from the same root word parakletos which is the word used in John 14:16 as a name for the Holy Spirit. In other passages, paraklesis is translated as encouragement, comfort and exhortation. Simeon declares he can depart in peace, just as the Lord promised, because he has seen with his own eyes the Lord's salvation. Simeon has seen the promised One of Isaiah 40:1-3 who is described as the One who will comfort, speak tenderly to and pardon the iniquity of God's people.
Father, thank You for this example of one who waits for Your salvation. Holy Spirit, thank You for being my encourager, comforter and exhorter as I, too, wait on the Lord.
1 Corinthians 3:18-20
This passage causes me to look back at 1 Corinthians 1:19-29. Wisdom is highly esteemed in our culture. That has probably always been the case. Yet, God has proven the wisdom of this world to be foolishness since the world's wisdom does not lead to knowing Him, the only wise God. Look at what God chose to shame the wise in 1 Corinthians 1:27.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for spending so much of my life pursuing the wisdom of this world. I confess it is still a great temptation. I do not want to deceive myself. Instead let me be a fool to the things of this world but wise in the things of Your kingdom.