There it was! They couldn’t believe their eyes. They had been seeking this star, for nearly four centuries. Generation to generation, the message had been passed on. A King was born. A birth that a very renowned prophet and chief prefect over all the magi in Babylon, foretold so very long ago.
This was not just a King. This was Daniel’s King. Daniel, who was able to explain and interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and saved the lives of all the magi who were unable to help their king. This was a God who cared enough to save them. (Daniel 2:24)
This was Daniel’s King. The God who shut the mouth of lions, to protect the one who loved and served him. The God who vindicated Daniel, and allowed his enemies to be devoured. This was a God who did impossible things. (Daniel 6:4-9)
This was Daniel’s King. The God who came down and personally wrote a warning on king Belshazzar’s wall. A warning of coming destruction, giving him time to repent and change his ways. This was a God of mercy. A God of second chances. (Daniel 5)
This was Daniel’s king. But also the King of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. This was a God who was with them in the fire. A fire that was hot enough to devour their enemies. A God that had his arm around them, in the midst of their trial. A God who is near. (Daniel 3:16-28)
There was no other god, like Daniel’s god. Daniel and his friends knew this. They would not bow their knee to any idol, whether made of gold or flesh. They did not fit into the mold. They were different. People noticed. They didn’t just notice them. They noticed their God.
“…but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
Daniel 11:32 NKJV
And now their God came to earth, as King. Messiah. The one who would lead the Jews into victory. The magi remembered. They were seeking to find him.
Where would they look to find such a King? Surely, he would be born in a kingdom? But king Herod, was surprised. Also, a little alarmed! He wanted to know more, so he asked the people who should have known. (Matthew 2)
I wonder, was it strange to them, that the King’s chosen people wasn’t expecting his arrival? That they were not looking for the signs of his coming? Were they too busy to prepare for their King? Surely a king, like Daniel’s King, should be receiving a special welcome. That is what they were there for. That was the reason behind the seeking. To bring gifts. To worship this great King.
Are you a Seeker?
Daniel was a seeker. He was disciplined in his seeking. He cultivated a lifestyle of seeking God, and as a result God did miraculous signs and wonders for him and through him. So much so, that he left a legacy that stretched over four centuries, leading wise men to find him when no one else was seeking. Even now, in this day and age, Daniel is inspiring wise men (and women) to seek the King.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
What are you seeking?
For many years I was seeking answers and solutions to fix what was wrong on the outside. I needed a pill, a therapy, a new diet, a quick fix. I was constantly seeking, but my seeking lead only further into bondage. After so many years of trying and failing, I started to see that what I needed wasn’t going to be found in a book, a package or a formula. The only answer to my problem was found in a Person. I needed to find a King.
A King who cared enough to save me.
(John 3:16, Zephaniah 3:17)
A King who does impossible things.
(Luke 1:37, Matthew 19:26)
A King of mercy, who gives second chances.
(Micah 7:18, Ephesians 2:4-5, Hebrews 4:16)
A King who puts his arm around me, when I go through the fire.
A King who is near.
(Psalm 145:18, Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5)
It was time to change focus. This was a King worth finding. And just like the magi saw the star, I saw the hope of my calling. The King was saying, here I am. Look for me. Follow the Light of my Word. Follow my promises. You will find me, when you search for me.
With all your heart.
I am not a theologian by any stretch of the imagination, so please don’t take this little piece of information as absolute gospel, but I have read in some commentaries that the gifts brought to Jesus by the magi, was from Daniel’s estate. How awesome if that is true?
Daniel was given many treasures as he seved different kings during their reign in Babylon. He had so much favour on his life and was a very rich man. Honoured, because of his God. How amazing that he could honour Jesus with his treasures. Gifts suited for a King.
Like Daniel, I am determined to seek him. I want to be a wise (wo)man. God designed us to be seekers. He placed us in this time, within a specific place, so that we can find him.
If you are feeling lost today, please can I encourage you? Don’t give up, he is closer than you know. And he is worth finding!
“And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands and territories. This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grasp for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”
Acts 17:26-27 AMP
Today, I hear the Father saying: “Beautiful Child. Have you lost your focus? Take your eyes off the problem for a moment, and look at me. I am not far away. I am right here. With my arm around you. As you walk through the fire you will not be burnt. I will never leave you or forsake you. Seek my face, and you fill find my helping hand also. I am right here, to guide you. To show you new paths to take and ways you haven’t even considered yet. I have more than you need. Just seek me first, and I will lead you to every answer you need. Because, my beloved child, I love you. And I always reward those who seek me. Always.” ❤