The Journey to Encounter

Do you ever feel like God is far from you?  Do you ever hear stories of people encountering God, being healed and being set free and you wonder why it’s never happened to you? If so, this post is for you.

This morning I was reading my bible and came across Matthew 2 and the story of the Magi:

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him…’ After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11 NIV

I love thinking about the Magi and who they were but that’s a bit outside the scope of my point today.  But do some research into who these guys where and why them visiting and worshiping Jesus was such a big deal. Might give some context into Herod’s reaction to them…

So back to Herod, he’s the king who the Magi meet and ask about Jesus.  Herod freaks out and tries to figure out where Jesus is.  Based on information from the Magi about when the star appeared Herod concludes that Jesus must be about 2 years old or under.  Now catch this, this meant that the Magi had spent at least 2 years researching and then following the start to see and worship Jesus.  TWO YEARS!!! This wasn’t a trip that they made on a whim.  It wasn’t five minutes in the morning before going about the rest of their work.  They devoted AT LEAST two years to finding Jesus just to meet and worship him.

That gives me pause.  Is this how I seek Him?  Do I devote all of my life in finding, meeting and worshiping with Jesus?  What about you?

Sometimes getting to the point of encountering Jesus is a journey or a process.  It takes time.  Not idle time spent wondering when we’ll meet Him but focused on everything, but time spent in faithful pursuit.  We need to see the signs and go after, reworded that means reading the Word and faithfully putting those words into practice.  When we are faithful, in spite of a lack of encounter, we will arrive, at some point, in His presence.

Each person’s journey is different.  Some people meet him the first day, as Mary and Joseph did.  Some people meet him weeks or years after like the Magi.  Some meet him 30 years down the road like the disciples.  And some meet him at the end of the road.

Whatever your journey, be faithful.  Believe.  Grab hold of His Word, read it, study it and follow it as the Magi did with the star.  That will always lead you to encountering Him.  Don’t give up along the way.  

“Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies.  It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child.  They could hardly contain themselves; they were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother.  Overcome, they knelled and worshiped him.” Matthew 2:9-11 MSG


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