Something unusual was found in the skies by men who studied the stars. It was a star unlike any other. A new star. A star that shone so bright it would have been hard to miss before. After much discussion and analyzing, the magi concluded the star belonged to the promised Messiah. It was written,
“A star will come from Jacob.” Numbers 24:17
What did the magi do with this new information? They made preparations and set out to worship the King.
“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” Mtthw. 2:2
Like the scholarly type that they were, they asked for more information once they came to Jerusalem, the capital of kings. The chief priests and scribes, the experts of the Scriptures, knew where to find the Messiah. They cited,
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah: because out of you will come a leader who will shepherd My people Israel.” Micah 5:2
The worshipers continued on their journey to Bethlehem. The star that first shone in their hearts was now leading them to the very place where the Messiah, only a child, was. The magi were overjoyed to finally behold that which they journeyed for so long to see, the King of not only the Jews but of all men. Tears, adoration, and reverence along with meaningful and costly gifts were placed at the tiny feet of Jesus.
These men were wise, not because of the many books or stars that they studied. The chief priests and scribes made their living studying the Scriptures, but they are not known as the wise men. The magi are considered wise, because they noticed and responded to the Lord. They adjusted their life to seek Him out and worshiped Him when they found Him.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7
The magi were not the only ones who noticed and responded to the Lord. Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, Simeon, Anna, and many others before and after them have all noticed God moving in their life and responded in faith.
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him. ” Hebrews 11:7
Question: What have you noticed God doing around you? Have you responded in faith?