In the Depths of Our Hearts

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry.” Matthew 2:16 NKJV

For the shepherds, the message of the angel brought excitement. Overwhelmed by the news that the Savior had been born, they rushed to see baby Jesus. There was no room for self or selfishness as they gloried and praised God for all they had seen.

For the magi, their encounter with the baby meant the fulfillment of a long quest. An opportunity to worship the new King, and present Him with their treasures. Others like Simeon would see in Jesus’ birth the fulfillment of God’s promises, while some, like Anna, would overflow with thanksgiving, eagerly telling others the Good News.

But Herod did not share any of these reactions. There was no joy in his heart. When the magi did not tell him the location of the baby, Herod responded with anger. Why?

Driven to stamp out every rival, he tolerated no challengers to his throne. There could be no compromise, for he had no room for another king (or even God Himself). He was enraged by the very idea!

The story of Jesus’ birth presents us with opportunities to think about our lives. To take measure of our deepest values. For God looks into our hearts and sees what really drives us. Our foundational interests. We may think we are sincere, but God probes deeper. Down to the root. Down to the core of our being. Behind all the masks and defense mechanisms.

In your life, make a renewed commitment to seek God. Seek and celebrate His plans, willingly laying aside all your personal ambitions, ready to follow His leading. Humbling yourself and declaring Jesus to be your Lord. Dedicated to a life of surrender. Gloriously willing to serve Him of your free will. Ready to be changed and transformed. With no room for anger or bitterness, rivalry or selfishness. Making Him the King of your life. Worshiping Him.


Prayer: Father, forgive me for pride and being possessive. Fill me with Your love and compassion. I commit my life to serving You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.