After praying and fasting I feel that the Holy Spirit has directed me towards a theme for the Blogging Neighborhood Bible Study in 2012. I take this task with trembling and trepidation, for I recognize the weight of responsibility I carry in sharing God’s Word with others…but o that I would cause a hunger and thirst for a desire in you, dear reader, for your own personal quest. O that you would desire to journey towards the epiphanies He holds for you and you alone, your own Pilgrim’s Progress of sorts.
So, as simple as it may seem, the theme for this year’s Bible Study is found in the name of this blog. Journey Towards Epiphany. And its name is so appropriate this week, in that January 6th is the ancient Christian celebration of Epiphany. The celebration that marks the first Gentiles to find Him as Christ the King.
I am overwhelmed by the mystery of it. Who were these men? How far did they travel? What does it all mean to me? And the first thing that I am struck by is their willingness to listen to their hearts. These men were more than likely Zoroastrians, but more importantly they were Truth seekers. They went beyond the common knowledge of those around them to find what they knew to be true.
You see, the Gospel had been prophesied to the Magi in the book of Daniel during the time of King Nebuchadnezzar, and the Magi of the New Testament likely studied what Daniel and his friends predicted. Just as Abram was called from pagan moon worship to follow a personal God, a Father, these men were called from earthy magic and from astrology to Astronomy. For the Heavens delcare His Glory (Psalm 19)…and they saw it. They had heard about the Truth, and they recognized it.
We only see what we seek for. Many things go unnoticed simply because we have not determined to notice. Days go by without really living; errands and laundry, and work lived without intentional seeking. Ann has inspired me to notice gifts…and my life is richer for it. Now, I hope to inspire you to notice the leading of the Magi in you.
There is a wise man in all of us. One that has seen or heard some “Truth”, something that causes our spirit to cry out “Yes!” I encourage you to take a moment to remember. What was that last morsel upon which your spirit fed? The last bit of Truth that sparked a flame? Now fan the flame.
For the Magi, that bit of Truth was what they heard from previous generations about a coming King. And the more they sought the Truth, the more they found Him. For when we seek Him we will find Him when we seek Him with our whole heart. (Jeremiah 29:13) Friend, what can I say to implore you and I to seek Him with our whole beings? For when we seek Him, we will find Him. Seek and you will find. Knock….pound on the door…until it is opened. (Matt. 7:7-8) For our determined purpose is that we may know Him. (Phil 3:10)
Do you know Him? Do you want to know Him more? Quest for Him. Live from epiphany to epiphany. Feed on Him as He is the Bread of Life. Thirst for Him as He is Living water, and you’ll never thirst for anything else again.
If you care to share, what was your most recent epiphany?
12 thoughts on “Epiphany Quest! – A Blogging Neighborhood Bible Study – Week 1”
Exactly what my heart needed this morning! It is my desire that I seek Him with all my heart this year. Enjoyed this post!
I’m glad this encouraged you. I need to find him more and more.
oh, kim. . . you’ve stirred my heart. my latest epiphany came with a loud cry. . . with regard to poetic and literary “license.” and how we use it as Christians. whether we have the right to use it as lovers of Christ?
now for the courage to speak it?
seeking this truth. THE truth. loving Him right along with you, and looking forward to reading your words.
I’m looking forward to you sharing your findings in this area friend. I’m glad I’m in good company in loving Him!
I love how faithful God is to reveal Himself to those who earnestly seek Him.
I look forward to your future posts.
Wow! I have a celebrity here! Thanks for dropping by Paula! I hunger to hunger, you know what I mean?
Kim, you made me smile. 🙂
Such an encouraging post. You truly are pointing people to God through this blog, fanning the flame that burns for Him. This year I want to truly seek, pounding on the door like you said. As far as my latest epiphany, I’ve been writing about the things God is inspiring me with, over at my place. 🙂 I’m glad I found your sweet words here.
Thank you for your kind words Monique! Let’s pound on the door together…I MUST know Him!
This is so close to my heart right now, as I preached on this story this past Sunday–Epiphany SUnday. Such a blessing to journey with those magil
I’d love to more about what you preached on! I’ve been meditating on the wise men for over a year now…
I really enjoyed reading this post, I too am seeking. Praying for you and glad I discovered your blog thanks to Nikki’s prayer project. Blessings to you.