“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
This is one of the many seasonal Scriptures people look at during this time of the year, but the Lord would have us see it in a new way as He calls us nearer to His heart. These “wise” men were in all likelihood eastern magicians, accustomed to dark practices, and far from God. They may not have been the kind of people we would naturally expect to receive revelations from God, but the Lord revealed Himself to them through the special star they saw hundreds of miles away. He caused a stirring in their hearts, and a search which brought them across nations and deserts to find the Prince of peace and the King of kings. There was a longing to worship Him which could not be denied and which did not let them rest until they had found the One they searched for. Jeremiah 29, verses13 & 14 say: “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.”
There is a hunger in the heart of every man, woman and child to find the only One who is worthy of our worship and praise. People fill their lives with different ‘gods’ such as causes, possessions, careers, to name just a few. However, nothing can fully satisfy the heart of a man until he has found himself where he really belongs – in the presence of the Prince. Much later in Chapter 2, verse 11, we read about how the “wise men” fell down and worshiped Jesus when they found Him. They knew that their search was over and they offered their gifts to the King because they were so overjoyed to have found the One they sought. These men were truly wise, because they set their hearts to seek and find the King! (“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom” – Proverbs 9:10).
There is much more we can take from this little passage of Scripture, but let me leave you with a few thoughts to ponder on till we meet again.
1) God can reveal Himself to anyone. Have hope for those you have been praying for because their day is coming. The Lord drew these men of other faiths to Him through the star they saw in the east. Almighty El Shaddai is the ruler and owner of all creation. He can use anything and anyone to stir the hearts of people and open their lives to the reality of His love. Maybe you will be the ‘star’ that will draw those dear ones to Jesus!
2) Seek the Lord. Jeremiah 29:13 & 14 remind us that we need to press in for more of Jesus and the things of the Spirit, because there is always more that we can seek and find. Infinity invites finite you and me to deeper and higher levels of revelation and anointing, and to ever greater experiences of His glory. Jesus said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled”. (Matthew 5:6). He generously gives us what we long for and that is such good news, hallelujah! There is always more for those who thirst insatiably, so drink deep and never stop coming back for more. There is exceedingly abundantly more than you could ever ask or imagine just waiting to be poured out upon you when you seek.
3) Worship breaks the yokes of the enemy. God says through Jeremiah 29:14 that when people seek Him and find Him, He will break the yokes of bondage from their lives. Shackles of oppression cannot stand in the presence of the Name above all names. Addictions, infirmity, fear, anxiety, depression – they all have to go when we set our hearts to seek the Lord through worship and we yield ourselves to Him wholeheartedly. My life was changed forever when one day, many years ago, I knew I needed relationship and not religion and I set my heart to seek the Lord. He is awesome and mighty, and the more we are filled with His presence, the more we can experience the freedom there is in Him. His powerful presence becomes real to all who choose to sincerely worship Him.
4) Surrender brings transformation. I believe that the wise men began to experience life transformation the day they bowed down to Jesus. As they came into His presence and acknowledged Him as King, they stepped into God’s eternal plan of salvation; they entered a new dimension of Life and Light. Many of us may still be battling with darkness because we may be acknowledging Jesus as Savior but not as King and Lord. Today He is calling you to lay everything down at His feet and worship Him as King. He is inviting you to permit Him to truly be Lord over your life and the Ruler over everything. As you fully submit to Him, you will begin to see the victory as the enemy flees. This is your season. This is your time. Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6). You are divinely chosen for a heavenly destiny. May all the Joy of Jesus be yours today and always, amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 09 December 2013