"IN FAITH, HE..." Devotional from Cherbear
When We Seek, We Will Find!
After they (the magi) heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. Matthew 2:9,10
The magi or wise men were on their way to find the Christ child whom they had been told was the "Anointed One of God," "the Messiah," "the King of the Jews." Most important for the magi on their journey was to keep focused on the star that led them in the distance. God had already charted their course and they were on the mission He had ordained for them. When they saw the star, "they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." Matt. 2:10 God had a plan to use their search for the Christ child in a very unique way for His Kingdom purpose.
"Israel is blind. So I will lead them along paths they had not known before. I will guide them on roads they are not familiar with. I will turn the darkness into light as they travel. I will make the rough places smooth. Those are the things I will do. I will not desert my people." Isaiah 42:16
Christians are no different from the Israelites when it comes to the "doubt attacks" and yes, "the acts of disobedience," we so often experience. There are ways in which we can hear what God is saying. We can seek God's direction as we pray, pray and continue to pray for guidance and also remain in the study of His Word. He may even use the wisdom of Christians He has placed in our path to nudge us in the way we should go. God does not leave us, however we can lose focus.
And He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?" Luke 6:39
IN FAITH, HE... can inspire me in service. However, only He can bring His light of understanding to the minds He chooses to touch. It is He who will turn on the light in the darkness when He calls someone to follow a path He has chosen. The magi followed the star God sent to guide them not knowing the magnitude of the part they would play in God's redemptive plan.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:18
There is my answer. I need to keep my focus, not on what I can see around me, but trust in what I cannot see, keeping my heart fixed on the One I serve.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer. 29:11
As we seek Him, God will use our good intensions when, how and for whom He so pleases. The way we go forward into this future our LORD so lovingly holds, is to trust Him, keeping our focus on Christ Jesus as the ever present star that will guide us. There is "exceeding great joy" in the finding!
A Prayer to Share:
The Word of God has many prayers to share. This is the one I most need today!
"You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, lead me and guide me." Amen. Psalms 31:3