Text: Matthew 2:1-13
Key Verse: “…Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).
Coming to God and knowing Him fully is never by happenstance; it is often a product of pursuit and dogged follow through. The wise men had seen an intriguing sight. They came from another land, travelling over along distance until they got to Jerusalem. Probably to their amazement, they found the Jews completely oblivious of the arrival of their King, the Messiah they had been expecting for ages! Herod the king was disturbed at the news.
He then sought to use the wise men to obtain information about the child. Neither the ignoble ignorance of the Jews nor the additional sacrifice, in traveling further to Bethlehem, discouraged the wise men from tracking the Star. They did not stop until they got to where the child – Jesus was. On sighting Him, they were overjoyed, fell on their knees, worshipped and presented Him with very precious gifts. Mission accomplished, they were warned by God not to return to Herod. They went home through another way.
And God, knowing the wicked plans of Herod, also sent Joseph into exile in Egypt with the child Jesus and His mother, Mary. Seeking the Lord demands that you make a conscious effort to find Him. You should not be discouraged by the ignorance of majority of the people about who Jesus is. Nor should you be frightened by the evil plans of those that are opposed to Him. God will not come looking for you as many expect today, but it is your responsibility to seek and find Him.
You cannot find God except you develop a burning desire for Him, having recognized your inadequacies. No one has a chance of a change without God’s help. Sincere seekers must renounce all evil things that were once cherished and held dear, and receive Him joyfully for who He is.
Thought for the day: God rewards those who diligently seek Him.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.