Have you ever been in a situation where it seemed so clear what you should do but suddenly a door closes or thoughts of doubt start to cross your mind and you wonder if you really knew the direction or even heard right in the first place? And you have no idea where to go from that place of uncertainty you are currently finding yourself? I sure have been there. And most likely you have too at some point. But the good news here are that we are in good company. The wise men were there, too.
Matthew 2:1-2 tells how the wise men had seen the star rising while they were still in the east. It was because of their knowledge coming from studying astrology they ventured on this journey because of this very star. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2) and later in that chapter we are told about the reappearance of the same star; “…After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was – the star they had seen at its rising. It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy.” Matthew 2:9 (emphasis mine). Let’s talk about faith and obedience! The wise men had seen a star and knew what it meant, and because of that they followed it even when they couldn’t see it, they still relied on what they HAD SEEN and in the end that faith and obedience led them straight to Jesus. Who knows if they on their journey have doubted what they had seen in the East but what makes this story a part of the Bible is the fact that they kept going and were led to Jesus. When they came to the end of the journey the same star they had seen back at home reappeared. They had completed their journey and the star had been there all along - even when they couldn’t see it with their physical eyes.
Do we do the same and return to what we know is true when we get unsure of the way and the truth? I know how hard it can be to cling to something we have heard from God BACK THEN when all we want to do is to have it confirmed RIGHT NOW. A couple years ago, God told me to do a Bible school (more specifically a DTS for those of you familiar with the organization YWAM) near Yosemite National Park, CA. I graduated (from high school) in July planning to raise the money for the school starting in March by finding full-time work. But the thing was I couldn’t find work. I applied like never before and went to job interviews upon job interviews but with no success. In fact I applied for around 70 jobs. All of a sudden, I found myself doubting what I believe I had heard months prior. Maybe I had heard wrong. Why else would God call me to something and then not provide? However after thinking and talking it through I came to the conclusion that in order not to go I needed a direct word from God since He had given me a direct word at the beginning to go. If I was completely out of track by going I’m sure God would have let me know. So go I did. And the money came. But on God’s terms and in His timing. And as a more powerful testimony than I could have come up with had it happened my way. So my question to you dear sister is; what do you do when the star disappears in your life? Do you go back to the Bible and what you know is true and let that be enough for you to keep you going? Or do you hold back waiting for God to confirm what you already know is true?
Note: God’s will is already told to you through the Bible. So even when you feel like you have not heard God speak to you and give you a new revelation, remember that you can always rely on the Bible. That is God’s word. And it’s always reliable and available!