Read Matthew 2:7-8. TEXT: ... (Herod said) "Go and search diligently for the Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship Him" (Matthew 2:8b).
Herod's words are perfect, if only they were uttered in the lowly spirit of the wise men. He would find forgiveness for the blood on his hands. He would find peace for his conspiracy-wracked mind. He would know true joy and contentment. He would again live up to the title "the Great," which had been attached to him.
But Herod is false to the core. His flattering lies are clever and crafty, but they are conceived in a darkened mind and a shriveled heart. He only wants to know the location of the Child of promise so he can snuff out His young life.
How arrogant and ignorant! Many people deceive themselves with Satan's clever lies. They fall for his carefully crafted stories to wriggle out from under God's claim on their lives. But He is and always will be their Creator, and if they will not cling to Him as their Savior, they will cringe before Him as their Judge.
That's why today is the day for you and me to drop our hands to our sides, silence our lips, and kneel before our Lord in repentance and sorrow. We plead for forgiveness for our rebellion, our deep-seated vein of ungodly independence. We fall before Him as our Creator, our Judge, our Lord, and our Savior.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I bow before You in repentance and regret. Forgive my stubborn, sinful rebellion, and bring me to true repentance and faith that You may speak peace and forgiveness to my troubled soul, and prepare me to serve You in joy and gladness all my days. Amen.
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