Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In the Thick of It

Matthew 2:1-12

Have you ever been in a corn maze and tried to make your way out?  What may be a very easy maze becomes difficult because you only have one perspective and you are just making guesses on where to go next.  Several years ago, my husband and I took a trip through a maze that was made in the same shape as the state of Illinois.  The beauty of this maze was that they used some of the major freeways in the state and major landmarks to help you know where you were.  The maze started in Chicago and exited out of St. Louis.  Since I was very familiar with the freeways in Illinois, I didn't think it would be any problem at all to make it through; however, they didn't make it so that the freeways went through completely; sometimes they would dead-end and then they would pick up somewhere else.  It was fun, but much harder than I expected because I couldn't even rely on my perspective about landmarks and freeways in Illinois.  Sometimes we can be in a place where we are in the thick of things and we lose perspective of what God is doing.  Today, I was struck on how relying on our human perspective can be dangerous to our spiritual growth.  Please read Matthew 2:1-12.

As I was reading through these verses something really grabbed my attention.  I found it very interesting that the wise men saw the star and understood that the King of the Jews was born and they traveled to worship him.  Okay, the first thing that I find interesting is that they traveled to worship a future king.  Obviously they knew that this baby was more than just a king to rule for a short time; they understood that this baby was one who deserved praise and honor.  Also notice their assumption that all the Jews would know who they were talking about when they arrived in Israel; however, they were not getting any information from them because the Jews had no idea what they were talking about.

But Herod noticed!  This troubled Herod so much that he brought in the priests and religious leaders and questioned them about the Messiah.  He gleaned enough information from them that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and sent the wise men on their way.  He seemed to understand that the Messiah was born.  Once again, the priests and religious leaders didn't seem to put two and two together the way Herod did.

The very One that all of Israel was waiting for was born right in their midst and they didn't even know it, but others on the outside recognized what was happening.  Don't you find that interesting?  It is all in perspective.  You see, when we are relying strictly on what we see and experience, we may find ourselves missing out on something even greater.  We can think we understand and see clearly; however, God often works in a way that we do not expect or foresee and we miss it all together because we think we know what we are looking for.  But if we rely not on our knowledge and "experience" but rely on the Holy Spirit's guidance, we will always be going in the right direction.  We can trust in His perspective because it is always truthful and right.

Whose perspective do you use?

This post is linked with iFellowship Blog Hop and Word Filled Wednesday.

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