The passage found in Matthew 2:1-12 is one that tells a story of hope and wonder, as well as a reminder to trust in God’s guidance. This devotional seeks to explore the journey of the wise men who followed the star to find the newborn King Jesus.
The story begins with “magicians from the east” (Matthew 2:1) who are following a star they believe will lead them to Jesus, the King of Israel. Upon finally finding Him, they present gifts to Jesus that reflect their great reverence for Him—gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11). King Herod, upon hearing news of Jesus’ birth, is troubled and tries to have Him killed by having all boys under two years old murdered in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16). Ultimately, however, Joseph is warned of this plan in a dream by an angel of the Lord and takes Mary and Jesus safely away into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15).
Meaning for Today
This scripture serves as a powerful reminder not only of God’s sovereign protection over us but also His omniscience. He foresaw King Herod’s plans and provided a way for Joseph’s family to be protected from harm. Furthermore, it serves as testament to how God can use even strangers—in this case magicians—to carry out His greater purpose. The magicians likely had no idea that their pursuit of the star would lead them before Christ Himself; yet still they trusted it would lead them to something worthwhile. They trusted even when there was no evidence or confirmation that what they sought was real; this willingness to put blind faith in God is something we should strive for today. Furthermore we can learn lessons on reverent worship from these Magi; they come before baby Jesus bearing precious gifts while falling down in adoration. Likewise we should approach our Savior humbly seeking forgiveness rather than offering excuses why He shouldn’t forgive us or fail to recognize His power over our lives. We serve One Who sent His own Son so that we may live an abundant life! Finally this passage reminds us that even though our path forward may seem unclear or uncertain at times–like when Joseph took his family away from his home town without knowing where he was going–we must remain sure that whatever situation arises will ultimately be used by God for our benefit and bring Him glory if only we trust Him enough.
Questions For Personal Reflection
- How do you respond when faced with difficult or frightening situations? Do you turn towards or away from your faith?
- How have you seen God use unlikely people or circumstances for His purposes?
- What steps can you take in order to put more trust in God during uncertain times? Closing Prayer Gracious Lord, thank You for sending Your son as an example of love and sacrifice for us all. Help us not only remember but also act on what You showed us through this passage–that You are always with us even if sometimes it doesn’t feel like it; thank You that Your plans are more perfect than ours because ultimately Your aim is our good and Your glory alone. Amen