Over 2000 years ago, on that first Christmas, wise men came from the East to worship Jesus. They entered Jerusalem asking, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship him" (Matthew 2:2).
Amazingly, these men who had every reason to stay in the comfort of their own country traveled through a trackless desert to respond to God's leading. They braved hostile tribes and crossed broad rivers like the Tigris and Euphrates to be obedient to the call. They discerned the voice of God calling them in a new direction, so they followed. That is why they are called wise men.
They discerned the voice of God calling them in a new direction, so they followed. That is why they are called wise men.
What did the wise men do when they first heard about the star that could lead them to the King? They did not spend endless hours analyzing it, comparing it to other stars, or waiting for more evidence. They followed. Imagine how rewarding it must have been for these men to reach the end of their journey—hundreds of miles long—and find the Messiah. Matthew 2:10 tells us that their response was to bow down and worship. In that simple act, Jesus went from being the God of the Jews to being their God. He became King of their lives. The search was over—they had found ultimate salvation and fulfillment in Christ.
Just as God called the wise men to come and meet the newborn King, He is calling us today. Have you bowed down before Him? Have you been willing to leave behind luxury and safety to seek Him at all costs?
Recognize in prayer today your gratitude for the stars in your life, people or circumstances that are pointing you to Him. Tell Him how you need Him to calm your troubled waters. Trust He will offer His hand to lead you home. Be wise and respond to God's call today.
Prayer: Lord, I come before You with a heart of worship today. Fill my heart with the awe You gave the wise men as they beheld You, the Savior of the world, for the first time. Give me the courage to follow where You lead. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen."They saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him" (Matthew 2:11).