This week’s reading was Matthew 2:1-12. It told about the Magi coming to worship Jesus and Herod trying to trick them into telling him where Jesus was. I absolutely loved a point made by the Bible Gateway commentary: “Although the Bible forbade divination (Deut 18:9-13), which includes astrology (Is 47:13; see also Deut 4:10), for one special event in history the God who rules the heavens chose to reveal himself where the pagans were looking (compare Acts 19:12, 15-20)…Yet even supernatural guidance like the star can take the astrologers only so far; for more specific direction they must ask the leaders in Jerusalem where the king is to be born (2:2). That is, their celestial revelation was only partial; they must finally submit to God’s revelation in the scriptures, preserved by the Jewish people (see Meier 1980:11).”
I am in love with a God who is not confined by the limits of our tiny human minds but who is creative, loving, and goes to great lengths to reveal Himself to the most unlikely people, in the most unpredictable ways. While He was snubbed by Jewish religious leaders, He was found by pagan magi who then fell down to worship Him and offer Him gifts. He is a God who meets us where we are but does not leave us there. He is merciful and compassionate, desiring that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9), but righteous and just and true. I thank God for chasing after me, meeting me where I am, and loving me enough to chasten me and keep after me when my heart strays. Wherever you find yourself this Christmas and wherever your circumstances have taken you, He desires to meet you there with great love and compassion. Praise God for His great mercy and love!