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Daily Reading: 17th May 2016

Matthew 2.9-10

9 Now (behold) they, having heard the king, went on their way. And the star, which they had seen in the East, went before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was.

10 Now seeing the star they rejoiced with a great amount of joy.

Matthew again uses the word: Behold, to express amazement at what occurred. This was a truly surprising event, unknown before or since, where a cosmic body directed human beings to a particular spot. Throughout the ages men have navigated themselves to destinations through the fixed positions of the stars, but never had a star moved from one position to another in order to manoeuvre men to a selected, but unknown place.

It is no problem for Him who created all things to manoeuvre a star in order to guide some wise astrologers to the birth place of His son. This is another display of the awesome power of God; it demonstrates that He is in control of all things. Nothing is impossible to Him.

Our God guides us in various ways in order to position us to better understand His ways. He often does it through His word and this was partially the case with the wise men, for they had been told that it is written in God’s word that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.

The Bible tells us that it is Hs word that gives direction to our feet:

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path – Psalm 119.105 (NLT).

Therefore, let us become familiar with the word of God so that the ways we take will be under His direction. In this way will God fashion all our thinking and actions.

The wise men were understandably excited to see the same star continue to guide them after their stop off in Jerusalem. When travelling on roads that are unknown to us it is always reassuring to see road signs confirming that we are on the correct route. Likewise we experience a great amount of joy when we receive confirmation from the Holy Spirit that we are preceding along the ways, which Jesus has designated for us. There is no greater pleasure than knowing that our life is in line with the ways of God.



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