December 16, 2017 by maryruwe
We hear the phrase, “wise men still seek Him” a lot this time of year. This is in reference to the one-time-event of Jesus’ birth when the Wise Men from the East came seeking the new born King of the Jews. However, for us, seeking God and our King Jesus is not a one-time-event, but a daily privilege. Not because we need to get saved again each day but because we need His strength to live for Him. Our one-time-event I suppose could be related to when we accepted Jesus as Savior, but we must seek Him daily in order to live for Him as we should. Everyone knows that we are what we focus on, so the more we focus on and seek Jesus the more we will resemble Him.
By the time the Wise Men found Jesus, He and his parents, Joseph and Mary, were no longer at the stable where Jesus was born, but in a house, and Jesus was a young child not a babe. (Matthew 2:1-2, 11) The Wise Men spend time traveling in order to seek this new King of the Jews; and we should spend time seeking Him too. The Wise Men followed the star in the sky to find Jesus, and we are to follow the Word of God to know how to live for Him.
Apparently the religious leaders of the day were not aware of Jesus’ birth and were not looking for Him. It was only at the request of Herod the king that they searched the Scriptures and discovered that the Ruler would be born in Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:3-6) Should these religious leaders been aware of what the Scriptures said? Yes, they should have been; they should have been seeking out the truth. In that day the Word of God was the Old Testament and was basically available in the Temple to the religious leaders who read it to the people. It was not as readily available to everyone as it is today. So we have no excuse; we should be aware of what the Scriptures say. They only had the Old Testament to learn the truth from, but we have both the Old and New Testament to learn about our God and Savior.
There are a couple of questions that each one of us needs to answer. 1) How important is it to me that I know how to live a life that is pleasing to the God who has saved me? 2) Just how important is my fellowship with my Lord? Maybe when these questions are answered, then the decision to spend more time with Him will be easier to make. After all, everyone knows that we make time for what and who is important to us!
Another issue to address is when do we seek God? For some it’s only when things are going wrong in their life and they forget about God when things are going right and good. To quit seeking God when everything is going good is a dangerous trap. God actually warned the Israelites that such a thing could happened. If it could happen to them then it can happen to us. (Deuteronomy 8:10-20) This double mindedness will eventually cause a person trouble because their faith will not be strong in those times of adversity. And those times will come. So again I submit to you that we are to seek and focus our attention on God our Father and Jesus His Son, our Savior, each and every day.
Proverbs 9:10 teaches us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (also means awe, respect, and reverence). So a wise person will continually seek our Heavenly Father, in the good times and also in the not so good times. A wise person knows that keeping their focus and attention on God will prepare them to be the person God wants them to be.
Two of my favorite Scriptures are:
Psalm 34:1 – I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Matthew 6:33 – Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
Praising God is a major ingredient of seeking God because praising God keeps our focus on Him. Learning to be grateful in even the small things in life helps to keep our attention on God’s love and goodness toward us.
Seeking God and praising God go together. One can’t seek God without praising Him for all He has done, and one can’t praise God without acknowledging what He has done. God is good.
My prayer this week before Christmas is that we will take time to seek our Lord because He is the true reason for this season.