Christmas reminds us of the importance of pursuing after God.
by Sabrina McDonald
My family and I were listening to Christmas music in the car when these lyrics caught the attention of my 6-year-old son: “He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.”
“Mom,” he said from the backseat, “Santa knows everything. He’s like God.”
“No, that’s not really true,” I said. “Santa is just a man. Only God knows everything, and God really does see you when you’re sleeping and awake.”
“Does God know what you’re doing and thinking always?”
“Well, I’m going to pray and ask God to know everything, too,” he said.
If only Ben could realize at his young age that far better than knowledge of this world is the wisdom of God. No man, not even Santa, can know everything, but God promises to give wisdom to all who ask. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
Knowledge is a wonderful gift, but unless it is paired with wisdom, it has little value, like a man who has millions of dollars and no idea on how to invest it. Without wisdom, the knowledge is wasted. Very intelligent people run around trying to figure out the purpose of their lives, yet the answer lies plainly in front of them if only they would seek the source.
During this time of year I think of the three wise men who looked at the sign of a king in the heavens and set their hearts’ desire to find Him. They weren’t satisfied just knowing that He existed. They wanted to see him face to face, and traveled great distances until they located him. Then they bowed their knees, and offered the greatest gifts they had to Him.
The old saying is true, “Wise men still seek him.”
How do you understand God’s will for your life? How do you find your purpose? How do you find wisdom? Seek God. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
Read and memorize the word of God. Everything He wants us to know is revealed in those pages. Spend time meditating and hearing the words of God. Talk with Him in prayer, and listen with the ears of your soul.
So many people say they love God and know God, but they don’t read His word. They don’t listen for His voice. They worry and think and seek the advice of friends and even read books from leading experts. They hoard knowledge, but lack wisdom, which only comes from God. “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me,” (Proverbs 8:17).
This Christmas season recommit yourself to seek the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. To know God’s will is to know His heart, and in order to know His heart you must seek to know him face to face. Leave behind your own kingdom, as far as it takes to adore Him, and bring your finest gifts. Do this, and you will receive one of the greatest gifts of mankind—the wisdom of God.