Bible Text: Matthew 2:1-2,7 “Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterwards, some men who studied the stars came from the east to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him. So Herod called the visitors from the east to a secret meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.”
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong”
God’s word is magnificent and one out of many things I love about studying the word is how much information the Holyspirit reveals during the time of study. I find my time of study very interesting as a combination of things usually happens with regards to revelation, interpretation, edification and so many more, all at the same time each one with its own significance. However, the Holyspirit does the beautiful job of opening my eyes to something different every time I study a particular scripture. I feel this is same to everyone who studies because the word of God is new every day and the Holyspirit has a way of teaching us new things every time we study.
Walking with God involves being really observant because I find out that He speaks to you most of the time with signs in your environment. When Jesus was born, the wise men were observant. They could be studying the star and still miss that of Jesus or completely ignore the importance of that new star being displayed. A key significance to learn from was that the wise men knew their stuff. They observed with knowledge of the stars and when Jesus was born it wasn’t so difficult to notice that a king had been born. The star was different and they knew exactly what to do which was worship Him.
Many Christians are not observant. As God’s children, we are supposed to be like the wise men constantly studying our environment whiles working with God. Many have gotten carried away by programmed activities and therefore are constantly missing out on important messages from God because the ears to hear are sealed and the mind is not focused on receiving from Him. Some even rely on people as a platform to link up with God when they could link up personally themselves as Jesus came to die on the cross to provide that one to one relationship with God. There is a lot of perishing going on in today’s life because of lack of wisdom. It is hereby vital to know God for yourself and understand the principles that governs the Kingdom of God on earth.
King Herod was a man keeping tabs on the latest information about the foretold birth of Christ. He did this because He was likewise observant, though with a negative interest, he was working on the latest information just like the enemies are observant and working nonstop on how to steal from us, kill us mainly spiritually and destroy the link and connect between us and God our maker.
Just as the safest place to be is under the shelter of God, you are to remain under his cover while paying attention to what He has to say as is saying every time. God is always speaking, the question backing this is “can you hear Him when he speaks?”. Your attention span needs to remain connected to the maker. It should be like a local access network connection which wires your computer to the internet, always online and never out of sync except there is a service provider fault. In this case the service provider which is God never has a fault. One way or the other He speaks. Is the fault on your side?
If you are disconnected or out of sync, then when he speaks, you wouldn’t hear. This is one thing to prevent in this new year 2020. The appetite for a relationship with God needs to be large and insatiable. The hunger to connect and remain connected needs to grow daily. And to grow it, study the word, spend time praying and communing with God and then finally listen to what He has to say and act on it.
Remember He says in John 10:27-28 that My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me.
I’m reading the YouVersion plan ‘Bible in One Year 2020 With Nicky Gumbel’. Check it out by clicking on the caption below.
- Father I thank You for all you will do for me this year 2020 and for keeping me alive as an instrument of your praise
- I surrender all to you O Lord, help me to remain attentive to You in the year 2020
- Help me to remain connected and rid of every distraction and stray away from your presence.
- Forgive my iniquities Lord and let your mercy prevail over judgement
- Thank you Father and in Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.