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 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, worshiping 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.
by: Steve Osborn.
“You want me to do what, Lord?” Following God’s wisdom is easy, until He asks us to do something hard. While we do not know that much about Anna, we are told that she was a willing servant of the Lord. Having lost her husband, Luke said she devoted her life to serving Him—never leaving the temple. When she came face to face with the baby Jesus, she continued serving, giving thanks to God and sharing with anyone who would listen the wisdom God had shared with her about Jesus and the redemption of Jerusalem. When we seek God’s wisdom, we may be asked to do difficult things. If we are devoted to serving the Lord all the time, like Anna, the choices will be easy.