- Dearly Beloved,
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,
Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.... After they had heard the king,
they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead
of them until it stopped over the place where the child was" (Matthew 2:1,
The Lord revealed to some wise men from the East (or simply, the Magi)
through a special star that a King was born. They decided to come and pay
homage to the King. The star led them to Israel. Because there was a famous
king in land that time, King Herod the Great, the Magi thought that the
best and right place for the birth of the newly born King must be in the
palace of Herod in Jerusalem, so they abandoned the guidance of the star
and went to the palace to inquire of the newly born King. However, they
were surprised to discover that even King Herod and all his wise men were
not aware of the birth of the new King. They only knew from prophecy that
such King would be born in a remote town called Bethlehem. Herod then told
the Magi to go and find out in Bethlehem about the newly born King.
Interestingly, when the Magi came out of Herod's palace, the abandon star
led them to the right place.
Similarly, God has given a specific vision to some people, but they have,
on many occasions, abandoned God's guidance and relied on human wisdom to
pursue the vision. Many have even abandoned God and relied on themselves or
other people to accomplish their God-given vision. Until such people come
back to God and follow His guidance, they will not reach their God-assigned
destination. According to the Bible, "This is what the Lord says: 'Cursed
is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and
whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the
wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the
parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But
blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He
will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the
stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It
has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit'"
(Jeremiah 17:5-8 NIV).
Where is your "Herod's palace"? Where are you seeking help outside of God's
will and purpose for your life? Come back to God and allow Him to lead you
to your divine destination. As the Magi rejoiced and worshipped Jesus, you
also will rejoice and worship God soon in Jesus' name. Amen.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (2013) in advance!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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