The wise still seek Him
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. 2. Saying, 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. Matt. 2: 1-2. KJV.
Recently while traveling I noticed a bumper sticker on a car, which read: “The Wise Still Seek Him.” I reflected on that message as I read through the Holy Scriptures during this season regarding the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I submit that there is much benefit and favor bestowed upon those that endeavor to be wise and pursue wise decisions. I would imagine that somewhere along your journey of life, someone has told you or you have heard it said, “It would be wise for you to do a certain thing,” but just maybe you decided to not do it but rather something else instead. Such choice of words may have consisted of some of the following advice: You would be wise to save some of that money for a rainy day; It would be wise not to speak too hastily on that issue until more factual information come forth; and it goes on and on.
However, in this glorious season of advent and reflecting upon the scriptures of Matthew’s account of the “Wise Men” from the east in pursuit of the light of a star in seeking Jesus, we gain much spiritual insight. This scripture also leads one to become aware of the challenging and struggles of the wise men’s journey. One will note from the scriptures that they were intentional and persistent in their searching and seeking of the Christ child. They were convinced through concrete evidence of following and being guided by his illuminating light, and they endeavored to worship him. That may seem so straightforward but in reading this story it is also known that in their searching and seeking, we also become aware that they experienced deceit and deception which caused them to be side-tracked; they were given the run around by people in high places, but yet they were intent on being in the presence of the Christ Child. They ultimately found themselves in his presence, which resulted in their rejoicing exceedingly with great joy. I submit that as this season of time swiftly slips away and the impending new year is on the horizon, just remember the benefits of seeking him is not just for a single instance or season, but rather for eternity. It is my prayer that you personally experience his presence, as did the wise men and be filled with his lasting joy for the journey ahead. “The Wise Still Seek Him.”
REV. DR. JAMES TAYLOR is pastor of Jericho Baptist Church in Farmville, his email is email@example.com.