We all know the story of the three wise men (kings) who traveled many miles to find the child who had been foretold (prophesied). These men risked much to be in the presence of this future king. They each brought gifts of great value with which to honor the child, and worshiped in his presence.
Many books, songs, signs, cards and T-shirts still proclaim the message that “Wise Men Still Seek Him”. I passed such a sign recently and I asked myself – “do they really?” Then I thought – do wise men seek God, or does a man become wise by seeking God? Honestly, they both may be accurate. The question for us is – do we honestly seek Him? Do we, as men, truly desire His company? Do we long to be in His presence? Do we really want to know what He has to say to us – or are we secretly afraid of what we might hear?
Our enemy would have us believe one or more of the following lies that:
God is mad at me because of sinful things in my past.
God is too busy to care about the trivial things going on in my life.
God is going to tell me to do something I really don’t want to do – aka – He is going to really mess up my plans.
Whichever lie it is – it is still a lie. God is the most loving, patient, forgiving, caring, kind Father we could ever encounter. There is absolutely no reason to shy away from Him or fear Him. The Bible actually tells us that, because of what Christ has already done, we can come “boldly before God’s throne” to avail ourselves of His love, grace and help in our time of need. But, why do we feel we have to wait until a time of need, or crisis or great difficulty to seek our God? It would break my heart if the only time my children spoke to me was when they wanted something. Nothing thrill a dad’s heart more than to know his kids sincerely want to spend time with him, talking, laughing, just enjoying each other’s company – because we love each other and want to be together.
Think about what is keeping you from bounding out of bed everyday eager to encounter the most gracious, giving and loving Person you could ever know. You were created by Him, and He deeply desires for you to live life with Him. He wants to be involved in every aspect of your life. He loves you. Heck – He even likes you. Christmas reminds us that wise men seek God, and that God is eager to be found.
Let’s reject the lies and seek Him like never before. I am convinced that we will be blown away by what we find.