Wise Men Still Seek Him

We've all heard the phrase at this time of year. I have it on a plaque I put up in my home at Christmas.

What is it about these "kings" we sing about in the carol and dress up as in the programs?

There is a lot speculation about the details: why do we call them kings, where did they come from, how many of them were there, how did they hear about the coming birth of Jesus, what was Jesus’ age when they arrived? The only detail that really matters is that these men had a desire to worship God and went on a long journey to find this new king. They were compelled to find Jesus. Their journey was many months (they came from "afar"), on camels no less. That couldn't have been a comfortable trip. No reclining or heated seats or hotels for overnight stops.

I wonder if I've ever felt so passionately about my Jesus that I have diligently searched for him like this. I have been studying through the book of Proverbs this month in search of wisdom as our family makes a big decision. The message of this book is that wisdom is to be diligently searched for, pursued, desired as precious treasure. Wisdom comes from searching after God, fearing Him, studying His word, seeking Him. To know the will of God I must know the person of God. Am I so intimately acquainted with Jesus that I recognize His voice and know what He’s telling me to do? This is a daily work on my part. If I am to be wise I must listen to instruction, follow His commands, live in righteousness. God's instructions to me are in His Word. Am I reading it daily? Am 
I positioning myself to receive the knowledge of God? Do I Fear the Lord? Without these things wisdom will not be available to me  and anything I pursue will be of my own making. That is not a life I want to live.

So, yes, wise men and women are those who still search for God. They pursue him with all their being, they listen, they obey. When the wise men reached the town where Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus were living (again, speculation as to where and when this was), they bowed before the King and worshipped. They presented gifts. They humbled themselves. They had found the ONE for whom they had been diligently searching. Can you imagine their joy?!

Seeking after wisdom is Fearing the Lord. Searching for treasures in His word is Finding the Knowledge of God. As Christians we have already FOUND God. However, there is endless KNOWING of God. This Christmas I want to be found searching, studying, praying, pursuing, waiting, wondering, no matter the journey.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…

Proverbs 4:7

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

Proverbs 2:1-5

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and Inclining your heart to understanding; yes if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. .

Merry Christmas, dear Friends!

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