Food for thought….She did not depart

did not depart

“This woman was a widow of about eighty four years, and did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  And coming in that instant, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Israel”  Luke 2:37-38

I read this scripture today and I thought, wow, look at the faithfulness of this precious widow.  She had been a widow for 84 years!! Yet she never left the temple, she served God day and night, and she gave thanks to Him.  What a testimony she must have been to all those who she spoke to about Jesus. 

Often times, I think about unfortunate circumstances that I have been in, and my first response is “Lord, why!?” Our circumstances will either make us turn to our Savior as this dear widow did, or it will make us turn from our Savior.  I can give you multiple accounts of sisters that have run into trouble, or have had some hard circumstances in their lives, and I regret to say that they no longer walk with the Lord, they in their anger turned from Him.  They became discontent and assumed that there was more that the world would have to offer them than what Jesus had to offer them.  It is a snare, a trap that satan sets up for Christians.  Things get tough and the world looks to be more comforting to them than their Savior. 

Not so with this widow, she devoted her life to serving her God.  She didn’t let her circumstances mold what her relationship with Jesus would be.  She lost her husband, and she stayed in the temple serving God because He fulfilled her.   Not only did she cling to Him, she served Him, gave thanks to Him and spoke about Him.  She gave thanks to God, always.  She served God, always.  She spoke of God, always.  Whatever state you are in today, are you single, are you a widow, have you lost a child, whatever it may be, you’ll find the same fulfillment that this widow, Anna,  found as she served Him, thanked Him, and testified of His goodness. 

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