searching

Passing Through

The entourage of wise men who came into Jerusalem raised quite a stir as they begin to ask, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?”  This stirring reached as far as the king, and he also was troubled.  The king was so troubled about the possibility of another king rising up that he invited the wise men to speak privately about their quest to find this king.  Given the position of the star they followed and knowing the history of Jerusalem, it stood to reason the King of the Jews would be born there.  However, after the visit, they continued on straight through the religious center of Jerusalem.

Matthew 2:9-10 (CSB) 9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was — the star they had seen at its rising. It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy.

Unfortunately, too many people have stopped at the religious centers of men and have never found Jesus Messiah.  Perhaps they have mistaken activity and service as the personal relationship and fellowship with God. Still there are others who have passed right through unfazed by the rituals of religion to find the Living Hope.  Let me ask you, have you been held up at Jerusalem and bogged down with the heavy burden of religion?  How was it the wise men didn’t fall into the religious trap at Jerusalem?  They passed through the city because the One they were looking for was not there.  Be like the wise men, and by faith, keep going just a little bit further beyond religion to a relationship and fellowship with the King.  

EASTER IN DECEMBER

We have church in our home every Wednesday evening, and with that comes extra attention to our house and the blessing of sweet fellowship. I have the responsibility of making sure we have ice for our drinks, setting up our game room to accommodate people, pushing the vacuum cleaner (sometimes), and occasionally cooking on the grill. Last Wednesday I was cooking on the grill before everyone arrived and while waiting, out of curiosity I decided to check the side burner to see if it worked. We never use it, but I wanted to check it out. When I lifted the lid, to my surprise I found a pink Easter egg. That egg had been secretly placed there back at Easter and never found. Inside the plastic egg was a molded $5 bill.  What a surprise, right?  Well, the amazing thing about that is that my wife and I had been in deep discussion about our finances the night before. We knew we had some things coming up that we were concerned about.  Listen, God was speaking when I found that Easter egg!  He was reminding us that He has hidden provisions for us. No doubt, most of us are overly concerned and worried about the things God already has covered and made provisions for.  That doesn’t mean we can be lazy.

This forgotten egg was found at the perfect time and served to remind us He has provisions in places we have not even thought of. God gave water out of a rock. He made manna fall from the sky and He placed a coin in the mouth of a fish. Surely God can provide for you!  His greatest provision came in the form of a baby just outside of Bethlehem and remained hidden for 30 years.  The provision is there, trust God to show it to you and supply your need.  Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 

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