ABC Bible Character Faith Series

You’re not a Nobody! God delights to use you.

Lessons from Anna, the prophetess

Anna is the prophetess who confirmed Simeon’s testimony concerning Christ. She makes an appearance in Luke 2, a chapter that talks about the birth of Jesus Christ.

And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband for seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshipping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” – Luke 2:36-38 ESV

Anna was a prophetess which is quite fascinating as there weren’t many prophets in the days she lived in, let alone being a prophetess. She was a widow for the most part of her 84 years and she had dedicated her life to worshipping God. She was from the tribe of Asher which is described by tradition as being among the 10 lost tribes of Israel. It doesn’t seem like she was important in any way and if anything, she was a nobody in society. That though, didn’t stop God from using her.

Not much is said about Anna yet there’s so much we can learn from her that will help us remain steadfast in our faith journey. We learn much from Anna, but I will focus on the two lessons below.

1. You’re not a Nobody. God delights to use you.

Sometimes when we look at our family history, we might feel like outcasts. We might feel like we don’t belong, but the good news is God doesn’t look at our history in order to accomplish His purpose for our lives. He’s interested in our hearts and willingness. Yes, Anna had a ‘record’ of her lineage, but God looked at a humble servant who worshipped and studied the prophesies diligently. She studied the word and lived it.

Many religious leaders studied the prophesies, but they did not recognise the saviour before them. They studied the word but refused to walk in the way of the Lord and so their eyes were not opened to behold the Lord, Jesus Christ. God delights to use you no matter your history, age and gender. Are you willing to open your heart to Him?

2. God rewards those who diligently seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6.

Anna sought God in prayer, day and night and the Lord trusted her, as a prophetess, with His word which she spoke of Jesus to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.  Anna’s faith was rewarded in that she was allowed to behold the Lord, Jesus as a baby. She gave thanks to God for the great honour she received.

We do not seek God so that He can reward us. A big part of faith is believing in God for who He is. We do not see Him, yet we are convicted of His existence, and we have the assurance of His promises. Therefore, when we diligently seek Him, we are honouring Him with our trust and worship through obedience. In doing this, we are not trying to get God to reward us in any way, but He does because He says in His word, there are blessings attached to obedience. He cannot lie and His words are life and so the rewards for our obedience are inevitable. Remember, obedience won’t save us. Rather, it shows our love for God and is evidence of our being saved. Salvation is a free gift, from God, to us all.

God can use us at any time. Maybe you have been diligently seeking the Lord, but you feel like you still lack purpose. Do not give up. Keep seeking Him and when the time is right, He will reveal to you His purpose for your life and like Anna, you will give thanks and speak of Him.

Stay Blessed!

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Joshua Kats

November 15, 2022

Amen. To all those who have sought Him, our LORD has always been found

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Lauretta

November 16, 2022

Facts!!!

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