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the voice of a star

When God wants to reach someone with a message, He uses language they understand. And so it is with these men from the East. I don’t know why the Lord wanted to include them in this incarnation party, the scripture is silent on the Lord’s  motives.

Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him. - Matthew 2:2 NASB

Perhaps He wanted to emphasize the fact that Jesus came not only for the Jews, but for the whole world. Some of the traditional tellings of this story has three wisemen from three different nations representing the diverse people groups. But none of that is in the pages of our Bible, so we hold all that loosely.

I like to think that Daniel, during his time in the Babylonian school of seers, left a group of students who were awaiting this King of the Jews for hundreds of years, and because of their faithful watching and waiting, the Lord actually sent them an invitation to the party.

In 2 Chronicles we read

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. - 2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV

I believe God put this star in the sky because these folks were fully committed to hearing His voice - they were listening!

In any case the Lord makes this announcement to foreigners. Somehow He is speaking in a language they will understand.

When God wants to reach stargazers - guess what - He writes to them in the stars. How cool is that - God knows just how to reach anyone.

That thought right there is worth the price of admission today.

God knows how to reach your loved ones. He speaks their language.

Granted - these wisemen were listening and willing to respond to the call of this star, but know this - if there is any hope for those you care for - it is in God’s amazing ability to communicate across any and all barriers.

That’s why when He looked over the multitudes and saw their lostness and confusion His call to the disciples was:

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. - Matthew 9:38 NIV

God knows what language your son, your daughter, your mom or dad can understand.

I want to bring this down to two simple points.

God can speak to anyone in a language they can understand.

Do you have someone for whom you care who has not responded to the gospel.

I want to pray into this today. There are two things I want to go after right now.

First, I want us to pray for these folks that God would take their blinders off. I want to pray that their hearts are open to hear from God.

These wise men - when they saw the star - got up and left everything to come and worship Jesus. They had ears to hear.

Grab a piece of paper right now and write down the name God has put on your heart.

Let’s pray that  - Lord give ______________ ears to hear your voice.

Second - I want to pray that God would send laborers into that field who can speak their language.

Lord speak into ______________’s life in a language they understand. Send someone they will listen to.


Ben NelsonWalk in the Light!



I used to work with a man who, when asked a hard question he would reply:

“Only God knows and He’s not talking to me.”

Once in a while I would pop off the curt reply “He talks to me!”

I made light of it now and then, but it’s sad really that some folks never sense the voice of the Lord in their lives. To be perfectly honest, it’s sad how often I am content to go about my life without hearing from the Lord.

Perhaps you wonder how to hear the voice of the Lord.

Perhaps you have never heard Him.

Here is a lesson on how to hear from the Lord.

Step one:

Take your headphones out of your ears

Step two:

Open His Word

Step three:

Ask Him to speak

Step four:


A prayer I often pray when I am not hearing well is found in Psalm 119:

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. - Psalms 119:18 ESV

Try it and let me know what you hear.

ben rin and noraThanks for stopping in.

See you again soon




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