We are just a few steps into the new year. The music of the Christmas season has faded. The trees, tinsel, and yard decorations have been takes down and put away. New Year’s celebrations are over. We are walking into a new year.
With that perspective in mind, scripture from the second chapter of Matthew can serve as a path forward for us. The wise men had seen the light of the Natal Star and followed it to Bethlehem. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). Herod’s murderous intent was revealed to the wise men. “And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way” (v.11b).
The wise men, like the other people on earth, had seen the light of His star. Unlike others that had seen the light, they followed the light to the Christ. Their account reminds us that it’s not the light we see, but the light that we follow that determines our eternal destiny. When they found Jesus, “they fell down, and worshipped him”. These wise men then presented Him gifts representing their most valuable possessions.
If we, like the wise men, have let God’s light bring us into the presence of Christ; if we have bowed our knees and hearts and worshipped Him; if we have presented Him the gift of our life and service, we must not go into the new year without a new direction. We must not move away from the Christmas experience only to return to the same old paths. If we would be wise, we need to journey into the future ‘another way’. When we walk in the newness of life in Christ, we have a precious promise.
“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11).
~ Brother Roy