Years ago, I heard a sermon titled ‘Wise Men Still Seek Him.’ The
Christmas story is familiar to us all – how the Magi followed a star from the East until it rested over the house where the young Jesus was staying. We also know that this star was the fulfillment of a prophecy long sought after by these wise men. They kept up a constant vigil for years, and finally their persistence was rewarded. God in the flesh was revealed to them, and they had the privilege of being the first to bring Him gifts.
After the recent Paris terror attacks, I was shocked to see news camera footage of a note left by a mourner at one of the memorial sites. It politely thanked the world for their attention, but firmly reminded them that Paris didn’t need prayers at this time. Rather, they would rely on the French love and zeal for life to overcome the tragedy. Clearly, the Magi’s search and trip would have seemed like pure foolishness to this person.
Today’s culture would appear to support this mindset. The things of God are portrayed as mere fantasy, and those who profess faith are either ridiculed, mocked or considered weak. And yet, 1 Corinthians 3:19 states “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness.'” Also, 1 Corinthians 1:25 states that “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
What then is wisdom? According to the book of Proverbs, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. But what does that mean? Not only to tremble and quake before the living God (although that would indeed be wise)! but also to recognize Him as the source of all life and hope. Without Him we are nothing. It is mere foolishness to deny the existence of God in the face of creation’s majesty. Fancy words and well crafted arguments notwithstanding – God is, and He rewards those who seek Him.
I pray for the wisdom of God to permeate our hearts this season and always. May we never cease to seek the One who is our everything – after all, He came to earth in the form of a Man to seek and save our souls.