Luke 2:25, 38: And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And she [Anna, a prophetess] coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Here we have the characteristics of a waiting believer amid surrounding formalism and worldliness…righteous in all his conduct, ever walking as in God’s Presence, devoted to God, looking for the fulfillment of God’s promises, filled with the Holy Spirit. And what is it that I am waiting for? I wait in the full power of the redemption for its full revelation in me.
I wait in the strength of the full power of Christ’s redemption…in Him I now have access to the Father; how sure, therefore, may it now be that my waiting cannot be in vain. My waiting on God may now be in the wonderful consciousness, wrought and maintained by the Holy Spirit within me, that I am indeed in blessed reality joined together in a living union of oneness with Christ Jesus my Lord…flesh of His flesh, bone of His bones. I am, therefore, accepted in the Beloved; the Love that rests on Him rests on me, and I am living in that love, in the very nearness and Presence and sight of God…“blessed with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
I wait for the full revelation within me of His redemption…Christ in me, as the highest mystery of redeeming Love. As I maintain my place in Christ day by day, God waits to reveal Christ in me, in such a way that He is formed within me, that His mind and disposition and likeness acquire form and substance in me, so that by each believer it can in truth be said, “Christ liveth in me.” The more my waiting on God is marked by the living faith, “I in Christ,” the more my heart thirsts for and claims the Christ in me. And my waiting on God, which began with special needs and prayer, will increasingly be concentrated, as far as my personal life is concerned, on this one thing: “Lord, reveal Thy redemption fully in me; let Christ live more fully in me. I wait on You, Lord, from Whom alone is my expectation.”
The revelation of Christ in every individual believer, and in each one the daily revelation, step by step and moment by moment, is as much the work of God’s Omnipotence as was the birth or resurrection of Christ. Both the redemption and its revelation within me are God’s work, not mine; I can do absolutely nothing but wait. The secret thought that I have to work out the application of Christ’s redemption in detail in my own life is the source of my feebleness and continual failure. The sense of utter and complete helplessness, the confidence that God can, God will, be ALL and do ALL…these must be the marks of my waiting, in the assurance that my waiting will most certainly not be in vain.
This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!