Simeon had a secret. It was just between him and the Lord. The Holy Spirit had revealed something to him and he didn’t tell a soul. He knew that he would not die until he had seen the Saviour.
When Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple, Simeon knew that the promise of the ages had been fulfilled. Taking the babe in his arms, he blessed the Lord and said: “Lord, now lettest they servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation” (Luke 2:29-30).
Some sacred secrets are locked away with God forever. No one can know the day or the hour of the Lord’s second coming. Many have made the mistake of thinking they have figured out the Scriptures enough to pinpoint the hour of the Lord’s return — only to be disappointed when that date has come and gone.
There is, however, Bible evidence that God does reveal some of His secrets to those who will walk close enough to Him. “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his convenant” (Psalm 25:14). The prophet Daniel said: “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets… “ (Daniel 2:28).
The information that we have about Simeon lets us know that he was “…just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him” (Luke 2:25). In other words, he was a man of faith and totally dedicated to the Lord. Those are requirements for receiving God’s best. And that’s no secret.