Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. – Psalm 61:1-2
Visitors from the East
After the birth of Jesus, God brought Magi from the east to Jerusalem to celebrate the coming of the Savior. Magi are also called Wise men and they were astrologers, philosophers, counselors to kings and something else really cool. If you think back to the book of Daniel where Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were taken from Judah to Babylon, they were taken to be trained as Magi, to serve the king. These were highly esteemed roles. We do not know much about the Magi recorded in the Gospel story, but they were determined to find Jesus. They saw the star appear and knew that the king of the Jews had been born. They could only know this through divine revelation.
The Magi followed God’s leading to Israel and King Herod directed them to Bethlehem, which is where the prophets said the Messiah would be born. King Herod asked the Magi to report back to him when they had found the child, but he did not want to worship Jesus. He felt threatened by the birth of Jesus. God still used King Herod to provide direction for the Magi and the Magi soon found Jesus with Mary and Joseph. They brought Him gifts and worshipped Him, exalting Him as the King He was and was to become. Then God warned them in a dream that they should not report back to King Herod, but instead return to their country. God’s guidance brought them to Jesus and protected Jesus from King Herod.
The Magi never questioned God, they simply followed His directions and trusted that He was leading them where they needed to go. Sometimes God gives vague directions, such as “Follow the star to find the King of the Jews” and sometimes He gives specific directions, such as “Do not report back to Herod, but go straight back to your home.” God’s guidance is always what we need to hear, whether we know it at the time or not. We learn to trust God and follow His guidance, knowing that He sees the whole picture and we can only see what is directly in front of us.
God Guides Me.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
1. Do I trust God enough to leave my comfort zone and follow after His guidance?
2. Am I listening to God enough that I could hear Him tell me something? The Magi had to watch the sky every night to know the sky well enough to pick out a new star and calculate where it was coming from. Do I give that much attention to God?
3. When I hear God’s guidance, do I act on it or do I sit and wait for something to happen?