Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. … After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. Matthew 2:2 & 9
This Christmas, like hundreds before, people will travel from far and wide to celebrate Jesus birth. Today most have a GPS on the dashboard to guide us where we want to go. Without this technology in Bible times, God used a star to lead the wise men to the exact location of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.
Scripture states that the wise men rejoiced over the fact that God had provided them with a remarkably accurate travel guide. They knew they wouldn’t have asked for directions or found Christ without the star. The star was God’s gift of direction.
Look at the star differently this Christmas. Look at it as a symbol that God promises to provide a travel guide to those who diligently seek Him.
Most Christians can look back to a time, maybe in Sunday school or a pew beside our parents, when we were being introduced to religion. Remember how confused & overwhelmed you were? Remember what God did?
God provided a travel guide to lead us to Christ. It might have been your parents, a guy at work, neighbor, close friend, or a pastor. But all of us can say, “Without that person I wouldn’t be the Christian I am today.” God sent someone to cross our path. He sent someone whose light was bright and whose love was real. He sent someone whose faith was so compelling that we found ourselves trusting them as God’s travel guide to lead us to Christ.
What would our lives be if God hadn’t put a star in our lives? Why not take a minute this Christmas and thank God for the gift of the star (or stars) that God provided to lead you from confusion to Christ.
But perhaps you are still searching for your guide. Chances are, God’s put a travel guide in your life somewhere. Chances are, you probably know someone whose light burns bright, whose love is real, whose faith has caught your attention more than once. That person may very well be God’s gift to you, like a Christmas star.
Seekers, identify your travel guide and express some of your deep doubts. Ask the tough questions. Just get on the road, and look at the star God’s provided. Someday you’ll be awfully glad you did.