Do you recall the story of the three wise men who had the privilege of knowing first when Christ was born? Their destinies was to see the new born king, to pay homage to him and to give him gifts. They were so filled with joy when they heard the news about the saviour of Israel who had been born! They were so very close to fulfilling destiny. There would be no more delay in their lives. Their desires would soon come to past.
Thankfully, they were not left to figure it all out by themselves. They had a guiding star to help them on the journey. It would lead them to the king each step of the way for as long as they stayed focus on the light. But something happened on the way. They were distracted and they found themselves in the palace of King Herod. In there they were grilled with questions about their quests until they agreed to return to the palace with more information.
Life sometimes can be like the journey of the three wise men in a quest to finding Christ the savior. We are all on assignments on earth and we all have a part to play in the fulfilment of God’s promises for our lives. Sometimes we set out on that journey really excited and we lose our focus on the purpose of life. In spite of the decision to do our very best in life we misinterpret our roles in the assignment and we set off on our own while forgetting we are accountable to one person – Jesus the son of God.
I hope your heart is open to receive these lessons and you are willing to glean some wisdom from their life journey for unless we retrace our steps back to Jesus, align ourselves to the assignments he has for us and submit ourselves to our guide the Holy Spirit, we will only continue to wander about in the wilderness of life. We will continue to find ourselves being frustrated with life and being imprisoned by our own.
Here are three lessons that resonates with me from their life journey:
We may not know the reason why the shepherds were chosen as the first to hear the good news of the birth of Jesus but we do know stories suggests that the news was an answer to their prayers, the fulfilment of their hope, that they too were expecting the promise king as the saviour of Israel. Keeping watch spiritually is often associated with praying and the more you keep praying the closer you will be to the fulfilment of God’s promises for your life(Luke 2:8-18).
The Bible tells us that the three wise men observed the star of Jesus rising (Matthew 2:2). It reminds me of the story of Elijah who continued to pray for rain until his servant observed and reported to him “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” (1 King 18:44). It is one thing to pray but it is another thing to observe what is happening as you pray. The more you pray the more the heaven is shifting for you so pray and be observant too.
Being expectant shows your level of faith in God to fulfilling his promises in your life. You cannot continue to pray without expecting a response in return. This communication between you and God is a two way thing; you talk to him about anything and he responds with something but you must be willing to receive that response no matter what it means to you.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”.
– Mark 11:24
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