1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men* from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
2 "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,* and we have come to worship him."
3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.
4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, "Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?"
5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they said, "for this is what the prophet wrote:
6 `And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
are not least among the ruling cities* of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.'*"
7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.
8 Then he told them, "Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!"
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 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.
What do we receive as believers? We receive security that when we are reaching a time of trouble that we will be warned. God changed the route of the wise men, they accepted the warning and went with God’s blessings. Had they not listened and accepted the warning, they probably would’ve been dead.
What are the wise men telling us, regardless of your stature in life, realize that God’s direction is always the safest way to go to stay out of trouble.
The wise men back then were the men that were considered to have much spiritual wisdom. Many went to them seeking spiritual advice. They were well respected wealthy men. And yet, they were listening and pushing their pride aside.
I remember a few years ago, I woke up and one side of my face was all swollen. I thought I was coming down with some kind of sickness, I didn’t realize that through the night I had been bitten by a brown recluse spider 6 times. But, I heard a voice that night that said get up and spit. I rushed to the bathroom about 3:00 AM that morning to spit out a wad of poisonous venom, had I not, I probably would’ve died.
Are you listening to God’s voice? Or are you too distracted by everyday life to make room? If you’re going through a difficult time, I urge you to get in the word and let God speak to you, sometimes he does it audibly or he does it through his word or speaking through others. I pray that you become sensitive to the Holy Spirit's voice.