One night as they were studying the stars, the wise men noticed a new star. The star was a brilliant light in the night sky which would grab the attention of anyone studying Astrology. It could have been an alignment of planets or a supernova. The Magi may have noticed the glory of the Lord as Jesus’ birth was announced to the shepherds. Luke 2:8 says, an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them…” After all, Christ’s birth was supernatural, so why wouldn’t the Lord use a supernatural way to capture the wise men’s attention. No matter how the Lord placed the star in the sky, the Magi were sensitive enough to recognize the Lord was pointing them in a direction.
Following the star was not the only time in their journey the Magi were sensitive to God’s leading. Matthew 2:12 says, “When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route. For God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.” Herod requested the Magi inform him of Jesus’ location. He wanted to kill Jesus as he felt threatened by this new child in town. God warned the Magi not to return to Herod, and they were sensitive to his leading.
Joseph too was sensitive to the Lord’s leading. He had to sense the Lord’s direction a few times in Jesus’ early years. Joseph was going to privately divorce Mary when he found out she was pregnant, but the Lord led him to a different decision. Joseph was warned in a dream to take his family to Egypt, and he did. Later, he was told to return to Israel, and he did. It was the Lord’s leading which placed the family in Nazareth. Joseph sensed the Lord’s leading and responded.
As Christians, you and I should be sensitive to the Lord’s leading. How sensitive are we? Challenge yourself to spend time in Scripture so you have a heightened understanding of the Lord’s character. Challenge yourself to spend time in prayer so you have a keener sense of his direction.
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