No Questions Asked
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
The story of Jesus’ birth has been told time and time again, year after year during the Christmas season, but what comes across as surprising to me is the fact that from this event alone, there are just tons of things that one can learn when it is viewed from different perspectives. And to think, these only occupy but a few pages in the Bible! Indeed, I really believe that the Word of God is the Word of life that is able to empower anyone and the best part? It is inexhaustible. With all that said, let us jump straight into what is in store for us today.
Today I would like to talk about, or rather reemphasize, the importance of trusting the Lord and to not try and logically justify everything that the Lord may ask us to do, which is actually very nicely summed up by the Bible verse in the beginning. Let us take a look at the wise men who visited Jesus after He was born to worship Him. What struck me at the very beginning was how these wise men’s names were never actually recorded in the Word of God, yet it is written that they were ‘wise’. This really leads me to believe that wisdom is never based on status, on your reputation or on who you are. God does not measure how wealthy you are on earth and then decide the blessings He wants to give you based on that proportion. As long as you are a child of God, you are entitled to every good thing you see other brothers and sisters in Christ are enjoying: prosperity, health, just a blessed and wholesome life in general, because all His promises are one and the same for all and they are all written in His Word. Of course, there is the exception of where God has called you and placed you in that particular season. In other words, don’t compare your life with others because God works differently in every individual.
Secondly, being wise is, in essence, the ability to trust God and to have the courage to execute the instructions He has given us. It does not just comprise thoughts alone but it also has to come with actions and decisions. The wise men must have read or heard about the prophecy of Jesus’ birth and knowing it was from God, they travelled hundreds of miles just to visit who was to be the Savior of the world and to offer Him treasures that they had. They believed the Word of God that was spoken through men of God and they acted upon it. Subsequently in Matthew 2, King Herod told these wise men to find Jesus and tell him where He was so that he could worship Jesus when his actual intention was to kill Him. When the wise men found Jesus, God told them in a dream to not go back to King Herod, so they obeyed and went home via another route. From this, you can tell that they were really wise, that they would defy a King’s orders rather than ignore God’s warning.
Ever so often, the world tells us things that are in stark contrast to what God has said in His Word. Though choosing to believe what the world says is very easy and very tempting in certain cases, we always have to remember that ultimately, the One who loves us most is our God. He was the One who knitted us in our mother’s womb and called us by name even before we came into existence. Trust is a decision and being wise is really only achieved when we obey God’s Word, so make a commitment to work on these things today even as you celebrate Christmas this year.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have given me eyes to see and ears to hear what You have in store for me. I am excited, O’ Lord, for all the possibilities and blessings that You have prepared to give me as long as I work hand in hand with You and start learning to be wise and to trust in Your Holy Name. Father, teach me to be like the wise men, who were willing to travel to a distant land to seek Your Son, and fearless when it came to obeying Your Word and listening to Your call without any questions asked. Strengthen my resolve and give me a heart that is unwavering when it comes to Your commandments for me. I thank You that You are the One that loves me the most, and all that You do, You do for my good. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”