FOLLOWING A STAR AND FINDING A SHACK

Intro: Have you ever thought about how life doesn't always go according to our best intentions? Our plans aren't always followed by the circumstances. Life frequently appears to be nothing more than a series of broken dreams. Ill. These wise men had been following a star for the past two years, verses 7, 16, They had left their family and home to follow this star. They were now pilgrims after having left their nation. They probably had to confront dangers and obstacles on the way. Even a king appeared to be in their presence. The star they had been following then stops over a humble house rather than a royal palace when they finally reach their destination. They probably went to Herod's palace first because these men probably had a dream about finding the Messiah in a palace! They must have at least anticipated opulence and a nice house. They did not find what they had imagined. In the house of a peasant, they discovered the King of Kings; Probably no more than a shack at all! Their ideals were without a doubt dashed. However, in that humble setting, these wise men discovered some things that changed their lives amid the wreckage of their twisted and shattered dreams. Life has a way of sometimes destroying our hopes and plans as well as our dreams. I'd like to assist you tonight. When you find a shack while following a star, I want to tell you what to do.
I. In the midst of life's challenges, wise men recognize God A. Ill. The Setting They came to worship despite the fact that it was not what they had anticipated! That shack was filled with God! Jesus was God to them! B. Finding the Lord should be your first priority when life shatters your dreams. Nothing in your life can happen that He hasn't allowed if you are His. Ill. Job 1:12 to 2). C. Keep in mind that God is doing one of three things when your star leads you into a shack: 1. Correct: Hebrew 12:6; Rev. 3:19 2. Instruction: He is attempting to show you Himself in a novel way, Rom. 8:28. ( Ill. John 6: "Surges"; John 6, "Famine;" Fear) (Ill. Israel - They would never have known that He could see them through if they had never faced anything they did!) Ill. According to John 4:42, the men of Samaria believed because of what they had experienced. 3. Perfection: He is attempting to transform you into His own image. He has chosen you to be the vessel that He will use, and He is getting you ready to serve! Ill. Moses: He couldn't have led Israel if he hadn't first led those sheep in the desert!!) D. Look for God when a star leads to a shack; He will be there! II. In the sacks of life, wise men give gifts A. Ill. The context. These men could have easily turned around, packed everything up, and gone home. Who would blame them after all? They had not anticipated how things would play out. They didn't, though! They gave Jesus what belonged to Him. Ill. The significance and necessity of the gifts!) B. It's time to give when your star takes you to a shack! The majority's reaction to the shack is ill. When they find themselves in that shack, the majority of people will stop giving. That is an incorrect response! Giving to God is the only way to get from Him, Mal. 3:8-10; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. Ill. 2 Cor., 9:7 9:1-9. Matt. Ill. 10:40-42; Matt. 25:34-40. C. These sage individuals returned significantly more than they gave away. God always works that way. He can never be surpassed by anyone. Most people don't try, but those who do find that He has a lot of things. D. Being a blessing is the most certain way to receive one! Ill. Matt.'s Parable of the Talents 25:14-30) III. In the context, wise men receive grace in life's challenges. They were graced in two different ways while they were there. They first experienced salvation. Second, they experienced grace that remained constant. After they were saved, God guided their lives. B. According to 2 Corinthians, we can anticipate receiving God's grace when our star points to a shack. 12:9. Life is rarely fair or as we imagine it should be. However, we can be certain that God will never let us down, even when life fails us. Heb. Ill. 13:5; Heb. 4:15!) ( Heb. Ill. 2:17-18!!) C. According to John 16:13, we can anticipate leadership and direction from God when our star points to a shack. D. As God's children, we are never on our own and have no recourse. He will always provide for us and guide us through life's obstacles! Conc: Have you ever been following a star and ended up in a shack surrounded by the shattered dreams and hopes you'd lost along the way? It's possible that you're there now. If that's the case, I can inform you that Jesus remains in your shack. He is concerned about your requirement and is working on your behalf. Why don't you worship Him by falling to the ground like the wise men did?

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