Wise Men Follow

 

This year I’ve been thinking about the “wise men” that came to visit Jesus.

I know that there are a lot of opinions about who these guys were, when they came to visit Jesus, how many there actually were.  But there is no debate about the fact that they came.  These were men who lived in a different country.  Had they ever been to Israel before?  Did they believe in the coming Messiah, or were they just trying to figure out what was going on? 

The Bible doesn’t address those questions, but it does say that they came because they knew a new King had been born, and they wanted to worship Him.

I wonder how they knew a King had been born.  Was it a guess based on the star they saw in the sky?  Or did they know because they had been watching for Him? 

How did they know to come?

I can just imagine them going about their business, watching the stars as they always did, and then realizing that something was different – seeing that new star, and knowing something good was going to happen.

And then getting the call to go.  Not really knowing what they were going to find, not knowing exactly what they were doing, but knowing they were supposed to go greet this new King.  Knowing they must worship Him, because He wasn’t just an ordinary human being.

Whatever these men might have believed, it’s obvious that God wanted them to go.  To go and see what God wanted to show them.  Whether they believed in the Lord and knew He had called them to go, or whether the Lord just put it on their hearts without them realizing it was Him, He told them to go.

And they went.  Without fully knowing what waited for them, but instead following in faith, knowing He had good things planned.  Trusting Him.

Then I started thinking – I want to be like that.  When I know I should do something that is uncomfortable or crazy because God is telling me to, I want to just do it.

When I’m not sure where He’s taking me, or what I’m looking for, I want to continue to follow where He leads steadfastly, without doubting.

He had a plan for the wise men, even though I’m sure there were times when it didn’t seem like it.  He has a plan for me and you.  And if we’ll just follow where He leads us, in faith, trusting Him, He will have good things in store, even if we get as far as Heaven before we see it.

Because He is faithful.  Because His promises are true.  Because when we follow where He’s leading us, He will be waiting for us at the end.

And if we realized that, no bend in life’s road would scare us, no unseen future would steal our joy.

He has good things planned.

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Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your families as we celebrate the birth of the Giver of Good Things, our Lord Jesus Christ!




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8 comments

  1. Beautiful post!! I have been reminding myself to trust in God during tough times, this really hit home today! Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

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  2. Thank you so much for this post, Callie. It was exactly what I needed today - a reminder to trust God even when things don't make sense.

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  3. What a great perspective Callie. I truly believe that God has good planned for us, even if His timing is not our own and we wait our whole lives to see that good. We need to be patient (something He is trying to teach me right now) and trust in Him alone. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  4. I am loving this post girl! It made me smile the entire way through. I too have a hard time trusting God's plan is better than my own. I KNOW it is, but it's hard for me to wait for His perfect timing sometimes.

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  5. Hope you have a beautiful Christmas with your family. :)

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  6. wonderful... reminds me of Abraham too.

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  7. Beautiful post! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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