In Matthew 2:12, after the magi were warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another way.

The wisdom of God is far greater than the the wisdom of man. In a sense, this reminds me of when the Aramean king was trying to capture Elisha but God would always tell Elisha what the king was up to. In the king’s frustration, he blamed his servants but one of the servants said to the king, “No, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” It is hilarious that Herod thought he was going to deceive the magi into giving up the location of Jesus. It is even more hilarious (and ridiculous) when we think we can trick God into obeying our commandments. We end up tricking only ourselves. As Paul warns us in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” That is not a threat but a promise. Time and time again, many of us forget this truth, simply don’t believe it, or worse, simply don’t care. When we get burned by our actions, we then blame God. We should desire to have more of Jesus  in us. To have more of Him, we must understand Him. To understand Him, we must know Him. When we know Him, our hearts will be able to receive the protection and guidance God has for us. Praise the Lord!


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