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Wise Men

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 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!”

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. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 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.

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.

Matthew 2:7-12 New Living Translation (NLT)

The story is told in the Bible of the three wise men who saw the star that proclaimed the birth of our Savior. What made them wise? They were wise because they followed that star. They were further blessed with wisdom as God spoke to them in a dream and told them to avoid Herod on their route back home and they obeyed. Only God gives wisdom and we become wise when we receive it.

From the beginning, Jesus was doomed by the world. God's plan of salvation was attacked from the moment Christ was born. But who of us can stop the plan of God? Jesus would indeed die but not before the purpose of His birth was fulfilled. Our disadvantage in this world is that without Christ, the enemy of our souls knows God better than we do.

But " . . . greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

As we follow Jesus through life, we can expect obstacles and bumps along the road. As we encounter opposition and hindrance, God will give us the wisdom to know we are on the right track. Sometimes, He will even give it to us in a dream. When we go off course, He will provide wisdom for that too.

All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen. Romans 16:27 NLT

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 ESV

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