Humble Hearts Still Find True Treasure in a Stable
Updated: Feb 19, 2021
If we aren’t careful, we condition ourselves to only receive truth from the glossy mediums of this world – television, social media, attractive people, and prettily-packaged print. But often, God’s best secrets are mined from the mundane, the nitty gritty of everyday life.
Are we looking for truth in all the right places?
Are we searching for truth at all?
When I was young, I was hungry for more of God but didn’t know where to look. I definitely looked in some wrong places, even astrology and New Age type practices. But God saw my heart and protected my foolish attempts. He led me into His wholesome presence.
Truth seekers don’t limit God’s ability to unearth treasure. Truth may be found in a stable or a palace, or anywhere in between. Shepherds and wise men alike recognized God’s arrows, pointing to truth, and they sought the Christ child to worship Him.
How did they recognize God’s truth?
For the shepherds, He used their familiar arena, the great outdoors, while they rested under the stars watching their sheep. The angels shouted truth from the heavens and spoke a direct message.
“That night, in a field near Bethlehem, there were shepherds watching over their flocks. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God, and the shepherds were terrified! But the angel reassured them, saying, “Don’t be afraid.
For I have come to bring you good news, the most joyous news the world has ever heard! And it is for everyone everywhere! For today in Bethlehem a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah.
You will recognize him by this miracle sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough!” Luke 2:8-12
Don't we wish God always shouted His truth from the heavens for us?!
This Good News needed an angelic chorus, for sure. But God is often more subtle with us, leading us on a holy quest, revealing His plan in puzzle pieces, quietly intriguing our hearts and stirring our spirits.
Of course, God’s Word, the Bible, is our sourcebook, our ultimate standard. All else must line up with His Word.
For the magi, who studied the heavens, an unusual star in the sky drew them to Jesus. It was a subtle message to all but those who scoured the heavens and mapped the night wonders. God used their domain of expertise to speak truth to them.
“The magi were probably Persian or Arabian astrologers who charted the stars and attached religious significance to their movements. They were not kings, as is sometimes supposed,” according to Mark Strauss with Zondervan Academic. “While some have doubted the historicity of this visit, it bears the marks of credibility. Many people in the ancient world believe that stars announced the birth of great people. The Roman historians Suetonius and Tacitus even speak of an expectation that a world ruler would come from Judea. It is not surprising that Eastern astrologers would see in a particular astral phenomenon the sign of the birth of a Jewish king.” (See "Who Were the Magi?")
God uses the arena of our lives to lead us to ultimate Truth. He uses it all – the world of commerce, diaper changing, academia, sports, family, nature, or technology.
We must be willing to receive Truth from wherever God desires to drop it for us, in the likely and the unlikely, the usual and the unusual, the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Don’t discount the unusual sources. Allow God to stretch you. What once seemed weird to me is now normal. Allow God to stir you up and shake you out of your comfort zone, if needed.
Keep your spiritual eyes open! Gold is gleaned in both the grime and the goodness of everyday life.
The greatest treasure of all entered our world through a stable, grew to manhood as a simple carpenter, healed the sick, set the captives free, rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, was reviled and murdered as a heretic. He rose from the dead, the first fruits of all creation, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. He will come again to rule and reign as the rightful King of Glory.
Humble hearts still find true treasure in a stable.