The Wise Men, or Magi, play an important role in the life of Jesus. God used the wise men to save the life of the one who would save the world (see Matthew 2:1-12). These men came to Jesus to worship. Their example tells us what happens when wise men worship.
First of all when wise men worship, they worship. These men had come to the place where Jesus was in order to worship. It is important to note that these men were gentiles who traveled a distance to pay homage to the king of the Jews. Even in His infancy, we see that Jesus would not only be the king of the Jews, but would also be the Lord of all creation and would bring together both Jews and gentiles. Christ is worthy of our worship. When we come together on Sunday, it should be a continuation of our worship to God during the week. When we understand that life is about worship, it makes worship on Sunday easy. Worship isn’t about us, it is about God. These men who came from the East were men of standing and stature. They were academically skilled and intellectually astute. And yet, they bowed down and prostrated themselves in worship to the baby Jesus.
Secondly, when wise men worship, they don’t worry about who is not worshipping. When the wise men asked about the whereabouts of the one born king of the Jews, Herod assembled the chief priests and scribes and asked them where the Christ was to be born. The chief priests and scribes were Biblically astute enough to direct the wise men to Jesus although they would not go to worship Him themselves. But the wise men were so excited and joyous about going to worship the king that they did not worry about the chief priests and scribes not worshipping. Don’t let what other people aren’t doing keep you from doing what you know you should do.
Finally, when wise men worship, they understand who they are worshipping. The Bible tells us that they brought gifts. And the gifts that they brought indicate that they understood who they were worshipping. The Magi asked King Herod to point them to the real king. The gifts were not for Herod. They did not bow down to Herod. They bowed down to the one who was worthy of their worship and gave Him gifts. We worship Christ understanding that He is the Great I am. He is not just the Son of God, but He is God the Son. We worship understanding His purpose of healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free and saving man from his sins. We worship Him because He is worthy!
Have you ever had an idea that you just knew God wanted you to turn into action? Perhaps you even shared your idea with your best friend or a trusted mentor, and they also thought that you should act on the idea. You begin to set plans in motion only to discover that God did not want you to move forward with your plans. That is what happened to David in 2 Samuel 7.
David was admiring the blessings of God and enjoying the comforts of his spacious house and it hit him that there was no permanent structure for the ark of God to dwell. So he had an idea to build a house for the ark of God. He ran the idea by Nathan the prophet and Nathan immediately said, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.” How’s that for a green light! David can now make plans to build the house because the man of God has said, “the LORD is with you.”
But later that night Nathan receives a message from God that interrupts David’s plans. God tells Nathan that David will not build a house for the ark of God. I imagine that this was a shock to Nathan and a disappointment for David. But that is the risk that we take when we speak for God without hearing from God.
In our attempt to encourage and inspire others, we can be tempted to speak for God although we haven’t spoken to God about the matter. We should not promise that God will do what God never promised He would do. Many people feel disappointed by God because someone that they trust told them that God was going to bless them or that He was with them in an effort, when God had not spoken. It may not be God’s plan for a person to go back to school, get married or have children. Don’t speak for God when God has not spoken. What God has spoken is revealed in His Word. His word works in us, and by the power of the Spirit, we can discern what God is saying to us (1 Corinthians 2).
Additionally, in our zeal and excitement about our ideas, plans, and dreams, we often seek the endorsement of others before we seek the approval of God. We are reminded in Proverbs 19:21, “Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand” (AMP).
As you make your plans for 2020, consult with the Lord first. Remember that not every good idea is a God idea. Pray that God will reveal HIS plans to you. When you walk the path of God, you can do all that is in your heart for the LORD is with you.
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