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Faith Calls

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Reading: Matthew 2: 1-12

Verse 11: “They saw the child with His mother Mary and they bowed down and worshiped Him”.

The Magi first noticed the star when it appeared in the sky. They then made the choice to follow it to wherever it leads. They had no map. They simply believed that the appearance of the star had significance. Perhaps they had an ancient Hebrew text from the time of captivity; maybe they had heard long ago the Jews living in exile speak of Isaiah’s prophecies. Whatever was the case, they noticed and journeyed out in faith.

Somehow sensing that they must be close they stop in the big city to inquire, to gain guidance. King Herod hears they are asking around and gathers the Magi and the leading Jews together to help find this newborn King of the Jews. Paranoid Herod helps point the Magi towards Bethlehem. Upon arriving there, Matthew tells us that the Magi “saw the child with His mother Mary and they bowed down and worshiped Him”. The Jews knew what they were talking about. The Magi leave gifts before departing for home by another route, foiling Herod’s plan for the time being.

Do you think the Magi ever questioned their journey? Do you think they ever faltered? The Magi demonstrate great faith on the journey. They must have sensed something bigger than themselves and they put their faith into action. Faith called. They were not deterred when they discovered this king they sought was not in the capital, the big city. With new information they continue to follow the star to tiny Bethlehem. Finding the star stops over a meager house, they knock anyway. Upon greeting the young and very poor parents, they still continue on inside. And when the Magi see the mother and child, they somehow know that this is the King that they have traveled far to worship.

I wonder if the Magi sensed what Peter and Andrew sensed, what James and John sensed. He called and they followed. The light called out and the Magi followed. To this day, faith calls. Faith continues to call us to step out, to go beyond the known and familiar, to go where we cannot see. May we, like the Magi, like the first disciples, step out in faith today, trusting where the light leads us. May we see with eyes of faith, guided ever by Jesus’ light and love.

Prayer: Lord, when I wonder, give me a heart willing to follow. When I sense you moving, give me feet willing to step. When I sense you calling, give me hands willing to serve. Illumine my eyes and heart with your light. Amen.

5 thoughts on “Faith Calls

  1. FATHER WE LOVE YOU , WE WORSHIP AND ADORE YOU, GLORIFY THY NAME IN ALL THE EARTH.

    THERE IS A NAME I LOVE TO HEAR, I LOVE TO SING ITS WORTH
    IT SOUNDS LIKE MUSIC IN MINE EAR, THE SWEETEST NAME ON EARTH
    OH HOW I LOVE JESUS , OH HOW I LOVE JESUS, BECAUSE HE FRIST LOVE ME.

  2. MATT, 17V20
    SO JESUS SAID TO THEM, “”BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF, FOR ASSUREDLY,
    I SAY TO YOU , IF YOU HAVE FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, YOU WILL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN,
    MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE, AND IT WILL MOVE AND NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU..

  3. GOD IS LOVE
    COME LET US ALL UNITE AND SING GOD IS LOVE.

  4. LET HEAVEN AND EARTH THEIR PRAISES BRING, GOD IS LOVE,
    LET EVERY SOUL FROM SIN AWAKE,
    EACH IN HIS HEART SWEET MUSIC MAKE , AND SING , GOD IS LOVE

    COME LET US ALL UNITE TO SING THAT GOD IS LOVE,

  5. A GENUINE CONVERSION BEGINS WITH AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE LORSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST.. WITHOUT CHRIST THERE IS NO SALVATION, KEEP YOUR FAITH,

    I LOVE YOU LORD JESUS.

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