“they returned to their country by another route.”
The Magi had come a long way to seek out and find “the one who has been born king of the Jews.” Having found Him and worshipped Him they turned their steps homeward. However, after being warned in a dream to avoid Herod, they travelled ‘by another route.’
Like these men the ‘road’ by which we find Jesus will not be that on which we stay or which we then use to return home again. He not only gives us new life, He also calls us into a new way of living. Even although our context may remain the same the way in which we live it out will change if our involvement with Him is real. His Way is a different way to the way of the world.
This is borne out in His great calls to us – ‘Come to Me,’ ‘Follow Me,’ ‘Remain in Me.’ And when He refers to Himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life He is clearly distancing Himself and His values from those of the world in which He lived and we live.
Through the Psalmist God promises that
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.”
We seek a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Him, listening to His word and open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He will show us both the way to go and the way in which to go – that is the direction our lives should take and the way we should live them. He will keep doing so. What is more He will be with us every step of the Way.
Read the Word, Pray it into life, hold and live what God reveals.
Lord Jesus please help me in this coming year to draw closer to You and adapt my life and living to Your Way. Amen.