“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” Matthew 2: 10-11
Often in the morning, I enjoy reading a Psalm to get the my mind aligned for the day ahead. Typically, the Psalm turns my focus off of me and my world and onto my Father in heaven, who He is, and what He has done for me.
In Psalm 27, David very clearly reveals his focus. When trouble arose, when the enemies attacked, and when war was breaking out against him, he asked for one thing–to be able to have his attention clearly focused on the Lord. David experienced great trials and terrible events (his nation’s army even pursued him to kill him), but he knew that the Lord would always receive him. He had great confidence in the consistency of God’s love (God’s grace) for him.
As our nation faces the fiscal cliff, as the world faces impending war in the middle east, and as the Euro zone never seems to resolve its debt crisis, we are more clearly shown that nothing in this world will satisfy us. Why then do we Christian business people turn to our own success? Why do we turn to the temporal and fleeting success of our investments, our business, and our possessions to give us comfort?
The wise men knew that only One would satisfy them: Jesus, the King of Kings. He would live the perfect live that fulfilled every requirement God had made. He would die to take all of our sins. He would rise again to prove His divinity and to be restored to His Father. And in Him, we can be adopted into the Kingdom. This Kingdom is a meritocracy-but Christ’s merit is the only thing sufficient. Our doing, our earning, our achievements can never measure up.
Today, I pray like David that I may dwell in the house of the Lord and fix my gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. Hopefully, this will get my eyes off of my accomplishments so I too can be like the wise men who sought out Christ, the only one sufficient for me no matter what happens around me.