The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Luke 17:5-6 (ESV)
How much faith does it take to leave your home and follow a star to a distant land to find a foreign king? Such a trip must have required faith to believe something was occurring unlike anything seen before. It isn’t everyday a star appears to guide our way. The story found in Matthew 2 of wise men who traveled from the east to find the King of the Jews is a marvelous story of faith.
Faith, to leave their home and follow a star.
Faith, the trip would be worth the cost and the time.
Faith, the journey would bring them to a King so important that He had His own star.
Faith, to believe this king would be worthy of their worship.
Faith, to rejoice in following a star to an unknown destination.
Faith, to recognize a tiny child was the King they sought.
Faith, to fall down and worship the tiny babe.
Faith, to give extravagant gifts of worship.
Faith, to believe a dream that protected them and the tiny new born King from King Herod’s evil intentions.
Most of us won’t go across town without knowing where we are going and what we will find. Would we have had the faith of the wise men? We do not have to go far now, not even across town. The Morning Star has made His home among us, if only we have faith.
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19 (ESV)