Passage: Matthew 2:1-12 — The visit of the wisemen
Key Verse: Matthew 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
In the first two chapters of Matthew, God talks to Joseph three times through dreams. First, God tells Joseph that the baby Mary is carrying is the product of the Holy Ghost, not natural procreation. Second, God tells Joseph to flee Bethlehem for Egypt because Herod is intent on slaughtering young children. Finally, in another dream, the Lord told Joseph to bring Jesus and Mary back to Israel because Herod, who sought their lives, was now dead.
This got me thinking about the ways in which God speaks to people today. He may still speak to us through dreams but I cannot say I have experienced this revelation first hand. He also may speak to us through people. I do believe that God brings certain people into our lives to guide us and minister to us. But I also believe the primary way God speaks to us is through the Bible — his word. This morning, as I was going through my devotions, I was struggling with the question of whether or not I should pursue ministry or software development. Perhaps it does not matter. I haven’t worked in six years and I will probably never get back to a point where I could work in either field. Six years is a long time. Be that as it may, as I read my devotions, I ran across two verses that were germane to my question and were as if God was speaking directly to me. First, Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19) The point being that preaching and teaching the Word of God is of great honor and value to him, and of great value to those receiving the instruction.
Second, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33) One of the reasons for pursuing software development is the salary and the health benefits. Both Robin and I pay for healthcare from our own pockets, and last year I spent $26K on insurance premiums and medical bills. It would be nice to have a steady paycheck and company provided health insurance. However, the Lord said that he would take care of me if I simply sought his kingdom first and that is what I have decided to do. I am going to write this devotional blog, apply for pastoral positions, and trust God to provide for us. This is faith. But life was a whole lot easier when I was whole and able to work. But that required no faith.
Prayer: Lord, give me the spiritual sensitivity to know when you are talking directly to me. Confirm my decisions and strengthen my faith.