|“Your self-denial does not attract a watching world. Many walk around in self¬ deprivation, scaring those who meet them. Nor do your ethics attract people; many fine people live outside the pale of God’s grace. Rather Peter says that it is the object of your hope that will attract. Your focus is on the eternal promises of Christ rather than the temporal inheritance promised by the world.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 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.”‘ Matthew 2:1-2
Magi came from the east seeking the birth of Christ, having been able to discern from the stars His arrival. It is interesting that God would reveal His Son to these astrologers, having condemned their existence in the Old Testament.400 From this we learn two important lessons:
First, God neither condoned nor condemned these astrologers, but saw in them a heart to know Him and met them where they were. The magi wanted to worship Jesus, traveling a great distance, and when they found Him they did. Not only so, when God revealed to them in a dream that they should not tell King Herod, they obeyed.401 God meets you where you are, not where you ought to be. When you manifest a heart to seek Him, your sin and error do not stand in His way.
Second, God led the magi part of the time by the star, and part of the time without its presence. They said, ‘We saw His star in the east.” They came to Herod in Jerusalem, because the star did not lead them directly to Bethlehem. Having learned that Micah 402 prophesied that Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, they went there and “the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was.” 403 God’s direction is not always constant. He gives you just enough to get you started and just enough to keep you going. As you seek His direction in Scripture, you may long for the clarity the star gives, but God’s leadership will never eliminate your need to walk by faith.
400 cf. Deuteronomy 18:9-14 and Isaiah 47:13
Jeremiah 51-52 Hebrews 9 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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