12 And being warned by God through a dream not to go back to Herod, they went to their own country by another way.
The wise men obviously intended to return to Jerusalem, as requested by Herod so that they could inform him as to the whereabouts of Jesus. This was not God’s intention for them, therefore, the warning and command of God is given to them in a dream not to return via Jerusalem. They were prepared for their travel plans to be altered to fit in with God’s divine plans.
It is one of the blessings of God that he changes the course of our life. He does this so that we avoid dangers, some of which may be hidden to us.
God words tells us:
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps – Proverbs 16.9 (NLT).
We may have our hearts set on a particular course of action, but then God changes things and brings us into line with His perfect plan for us.
Dreams are one way in which our Father is able to communicate with us, see Joel 2.28:
‘I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions’. (Also Acts 2.17).
Since we live in the out pouring of His Spirit we should not dismiss dreams just as the brains subconscious activity, but seek to discover if the Lord Jesus is divulging something of His will for us. We can do this by submitting it to mature believers whom we trust. There are those within the Body of Jesus whom He has entrusted with the gift of being able to interpret dreams. He has done this for our benefit and we should seek their guidance.
The wise men responded by returning home by another way. They obeyed the word of the Lord, given through a dream. We must be prepared to embrace the redirection that Jesus brings to us through the Holy Spirit.