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Anna: Helper - Daily Treasure - February 8

  • 2022 Feb 08

Anna: Helper 

Sharon W. Betters

TODAY’S TREASURE

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18, ESV).

God created us to need one another. That is certainly clear way back in Genesis 2:18 when God declared that Adam should not be alone. God made a helper fit for Adam. This was not an “oops” moment in creation. God did not suddenly realize that He had made companions for each of the animals, but forgot to create a companion for Adam. One of God’s priceless gifts to humanity is the need for community. He intentionally created Adam to need Eve. He intentionally created us to need one another. God created men and women to complement one another. Men and women complete one another, not just in marriage but in all walks of life. 

As we continue to unpack the life-giving journey of Anna, we see that God intentionally created Anna as a life-giving helper to the church in general, but on this momentous day, to this elderly priest in particular, Simeon. Just as Adam needed Eve, Simeon the priest needed Anna the Prophetess. 

We will dig a little deeper into those profound moments experienced by Mary and Joseph with Simeon and Anna, but for today, let’s take a minute to think about how helpers reflect the very nature of God. God did not create women as less than men. If that were true, He would not use a word to describe women that also describes His character:

O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield (Psalm 115:9-11).

God created men and women as partners, not as competitors. Whether you are a CEO, a teacher, a cashier, a housekeeper, a nanny, or a business owner, pushing relationships through the grid of helpers, will help build genuine partnerships and opportunities to learn from one another. Simeon’s message to Mary and Joseph, but to Mary, in particular, was exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. Simeon acknowledges that this baby is the longed-for Messiah but then warns Mary that a sword will pierce her own soul. Anna’s words soften the blow of Simeon’s. 

LIFE-GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT

For decades Anna not only grew deep spiritual roots through prayer and fasting, but her relationship to God overflowed in her 24/7 life-giving service to the people of God. Her love for God’s Word and intimacy with Him sensitized her to this supernatural moment where she recognized the very Messiah for whom she longed. In this profound moment, she displayed the character of God as our Helper when she comforted Mary with life-giving words:

As a mother comforts her child, so I’ll comfort you (Isaiah 66:13, NIV).

God kept His promise of comfort to Mary through His servant Anna. Who needs to sense God’s comfort through your touch and words today? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and ears to unspoken needs. Perhaps a cashier or a salesperson or a child or student needs to experience the comfort of a mother. You can be God’s promise keeper as you share His comfort at just the right moment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sharon W. Betters is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, pastor’s wife, and cofounder of MARKINC Ministries, where she is the Director of Resource Development. Sharon is the author of several books, including Treasures of EncouragementTreasures in Darkness, and co-author with Susan Hunt of Aging with Grace. She is the co-host of the Help & Hope podcast and writes Daily Treasure, an online devotional.

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