Look at the stars
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. Matthew 2:1
Who were the wise men that came to Jerusalem to worship Jesus? They were scholars from the east (Persia) that studied the stars. Tradition calls them kings, but the truth is they were astronomers that understood the significance of events that took place in the sky.
In Genesis 1, God said that the stars were to divide the day from the night, but also that they would be for SIGNS and season. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years. (Gen. 1:14) I have always read over that part of the creation account until recent years. Maybe it’s because technology has come so far or maybe it’s because more events are happening in the sky, but it seems like almost monthly there is another phenomenon to be seen in the heavens and I really enjoy taking the time to observe. These happenings have always fascinated me, but only about the last 5 years of my life did they take on meaning. I know that God is in the process of bringing heaven and earth together and that he is speaking to people through these signs. Of course, as God’s people, he speaks to us through His Word and His Spirit, but to the world, He uses many outside resources including the stars to get their attention.
Interestingly enough, tonight there will be a display of some of the planets lining up with the moon. I got a glimpse of the start of it last night and it is quite an impressive display. I don’t know what it means, but I do know who is putting the show on and I don’t want to miss seeing the handiwork of my Father. Even though I don’t know the significance, I still ask Him if there is anything He wants to say to me through this great light show. Mostly I just believe He is saying: “Hey, I am here, and I want all people to recognize My hand in the world today.” Step into the moment and take some time to appreciate His goodness tonight.
Today I want to encourage you to be a “wise men” and give some attention to what is going on in the sky. You don’t have to try to figure out what it all means but enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. If anything, step into the moment by taking the time to appreciate all He has done and is doing in the earth and in the sky. He is speaking to us, up close and from far away in the universe. Take time to talk with Him and ask Him if there is anything you should be doing to prepare for coming events or if there are things you shouldn’t be doing as we draw near to the end of this age of His grace. Most of all, just seek Him!
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 2:1-6
1 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, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”