Continuing Guidance

Matthew 2:9   (KJV)   When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

The star led the wise men until it stood precisely where Jesus was. The wise men who searched for Jesus finally met God’s beloved Son. There, they finally got to do what they longingly purposed to do: they bowed in worship and gave their gifts to the King. God’s matthew-2-9-continuing-guidanceextra-ordinary guidance however continued. He, through a dream, warned them not to return to Herod and they were saved from Herod’s pernicious shenanigan.

That’s our God. He never leads us just to leave us. He’s with us from start to finish. In that assurance, our peace is anchored. All of us need guidance, and knowing that God Himself—He Who sees everything—is the One directing our steps, nothing really beats the quiet comfort, courage, and confidence it brings. We’re hope-filled pilgrims in an exciting journey; we’re also fully armed soldiers advancing against the gates of hell; we need all the guidance we can get.

And guide, God does—guaranteed. The star the wise men saw most probably approximately two years earlier was there until they were vis-à-vis with our Lord. Through the Christmas narrative, we see His ongoing and perfectly timed guidance. He sent His angel to speak directly to Mary; He had an angel speak to Joseph through dreams; He Himself directed the wise men through a dream; and yes there was the star.

There are many ways we receive His loving and clear direction. We still have the star brightly shining in different expressions: His Word, His Holy Spirit, our sanctified conscience, His messengers, the counsel of the living saints, inner witness, circumstances, open and closed doors, etc. He has brought us this far; He won’t forsake us; He never will. We continue to acknowledge Him in all our ways, and He never fails highlighting our path and directing our steps.

 

The Magi and the Star

Matthew 2:2   (KJV)   2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

The wise men sought for Jesus. They didn’t know His Name, but they knew that the King of the Jews was born. The sign they pointed to was unusual: a “star in the east.” Their motivation was pure; their purpose was on target: they came to worship the King. Both the matthew-2-2-the-magi-and-the-startheologically astute and the critics may question one aspect of the narrative: the inclusion and promotion of what seems to be a practice of Astrology—one condemned by the Scriptures.

Here’s my humble take. The magi weren’t just magi; they were magi earnestly seeking the Lord. They were wise indeed. Wise people seek God. The star wasn’t just any other ordinary star; it was a unique star; it was especial enough to let the wise men know that it was pointing to the birth of the King of the Jews Who we now know is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We have a special God Who does special things in special ways.

This isn’t a dogmatic statement, but just a humble opinion: the Lord saw the sincerity in the hearts of the magi. They were intently and industriously seeking God. God honored them and in some undocumented manner, He communicated with them to look for a specific kind of star as a sign for the birth of the King. That’s why they knew what to look for. And although explanations were given to give a “natural” flair to how the star led them, there really is no problem for God creating a star just for a particular group in a particular situation at a particular time for a particular purpose.

God will shake heaven and earth to be true to His promise to those who look for Him: But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).  He seeks us; we seek Him. He finds us; we find Him. He draws us; we draw near; He draws near. However the divine dynamics are, we’re just indescribably overjoyed in being closer to and worshiping the King—our heavenly Dad.