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Discover the Book - December 4

  • 2012 Dec 04


When Life Is a Blur - Focus!

As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you become one of the King's seekers!

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"-Psalm 46:10, emphasis added

Sometimes our lives fly by so fast that the days begin to blur. That is especially true at the holiday season. When that happens we can often miss the beauty around us. For example, as we drove back from taking our children to college we went by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Interstate 40 in Tennessee. As we sped along we saw a sign that said: Scenic Parkway. Looking at Bonnie, I said, "Let's try that!" Suddenly we were off the seventy-mile-per-hour river of cars and trucks jockeying for one car length over each other, and on a quiet winding road through the mist-covered Smoky Mountains.

Soon, even the children were crowded at the windows pointing out barns, fields, colored leaves, and waterfalls. It is amazing what you can see when you slow down and look!

How about it? Have you been looking for Jesus during this Christmas season? Or has Christmas already flown by the windows of your life so fast that you missed what God was offering you? Everyone who looks for Jesus to come will enjoy His arrival!

My prayer is that you will pull off the "rat race highways" and take the scenic route to enjoy Jesus Christ the Lord! One way to do that is to take a lingering look at the First Coming of Christ, which is the greatest event since Creation. Therefore, we will spend another week on that all-important event.

When God came from heaven, wrapped in baby clothes, and laid in a stone feeding trough called a manger, He was only welcomed and worshiped by two groups of people outside of His own family. Those two groups, the wise men and the shepherds, were poles apart socially, economically, culturally, ethnically, and in every other way but spiritually. However, when the wise men and the shepherds knelt at the feet of Jesus, they worshiped on common ground.

The wise men and the shepherds stand out at the First Coming of Christ because, of all the creatures on earth created in His image, they were the only ones who came seeking the newborn King! Thus, I call them "the King's seekers."

What does Matthew 2 record as the reaction of these seekers of the King? Worship. Shortly after the birth of the Messiah, Judean shepherds bowed at His feet, singing His praises. Then later, Babylonian Magi from the East arrived in Jerusalem asking King Herod where the real king of the Jews was born. The still startling fact is this: although they could recite the right answer, their hearts were indifferent to the Truth of God's Word. Their reaction revealed the terrible condition of indifference to God. They knew the Scriptures--they just did not believe them. What a tragic indictment upon these servants of God! They did not want to travel the five or so miles to Bethlehem to see their Messiah!

How far will you go to see the King? What is it costing you to serve Him?

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