Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:1-11 (ESV)
Google is great, but it’s kind of taken the adventure out of finding something. Back in the day, we used to have to drive all over town to find what we were looking for. We would spend the whole day going from place to place in quest for that one perfect item to put under the tree. It took quite a bit of effort. Now, it’s all with a few strokes on a keyboard. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology as much as the next guy. But sometimes, I miss the adventure of the hunt.
The Bible tells us of a great quest long ago. Magi from the east had come to Jerusalem looking for one born king of the Jews. These men had studied the night skies for some time and had followed the star looking for this newborn king. After getting some clarity, they found the object of their quest. When they encountered Jesus, they fell on their knees and gave gifts of great meaning and value.
Often in our lives, we spend a great deal of energy looking for something. Sometimes we bounce from relationship to relationship looking for that special someone to make us whole. Sometimes we move from job to job looking for one that gives us a real sense of purpose and satisfaction. Sometimes we bounce from escape to escape looking for something that can heal our hurts. None of these things really bring lasting satisfaction. Only Jesus can really meet our deepest needs. Only He can really make us whole. Only He can truly satisfy and heal the wounds that mark our lives. Let’s bend our knees and bow our hearts to Him in true worship and surrender. Let’s lay our lives down at His feet and give all of ourselves to Him. It really is the wise thing to do.
Further Reading: Isaiah 55