Matthew 2:3 says “When Herod the king heard this, he was disturbed and troubled, and the whole of Jerusalem with him.”
This was the news about the prophesied birth of Jesus who would be King of the Jews. Herod felt threatened by a new king to take his place but what about the people? They were afraid of Herod and their Roman oppressors so anything to upset the status quo would adversely affect them.
But perhaps some of them had not given up hope of a Messiah and were familiar with the prophesies about a Saviour. They may have been anxious about repercussions but also stirred and excited that God’s promise was finally coming true. They had been waiting approximately 400 years for this! So we can’t complain or be too depressed when we don’t see the results of God’s promises in our own lives, our church, our nation and the world.
We need to trust that He has a Master plan and He is fulfilling all His promises in His perfect time.