“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him.” Psalms 34:8 (NLT).
A baby – the Messiah – was born into the world. Both back then and now, individuals have reacted differently to the presence of the Lord in their life. Let’s look at two of the reactions to the birth of Jesus.
Wise men: “’Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him’ … When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!” Matthew 2: 2, 10 (NLT). The wise men were so excited to meet the Messiah. They came a great distance to come and worship and adore the newborn king of the Jews. When they found him, they felt tremendous joy being in his presence.
King Herod: “King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.” Matthew 2:3 (NLT). In contrast to the response of the wise men, Herod and others were troubled when they heard about the Messiah. His presence threatened and startled them.
Going to an evangelical church as a teen, God’s presence scared me a lot. I thought I would face condemnation for my sins if I entered into the presence of the Holy God. What if my sins were all listed in front of the whole church? I didn’t accept God’s love for me, and it caused me to keep my distance from God and from others, including my parents, who tried to show me love.
One day, during a worship service, I strongly felt God’s presence wash over me. Tears rolled down my face as his presence, love and peace comforted me. I did not feel judged by God. Instead, I felt loved by him. That day, I experienced how good the Lord tastes. I desire to sit at his feet and feel the joy of his intimate presence.
Today, I welcome you to seek his presence. Feel his unconditional love. I assure you that he will never condemn you.
Let’s examine ourselves and search our hearts on how much we have been yearning to be in God’s presence during this time of COVID. Are we excited to meet with him every day, and also join in fellowship with others whether virtually or in person?
I am inspired by the sign on our front lawn, “Wise men still seek Him”. During this Christmas season, let’s bow down and worship our newborn king.