The starry sky can be so beautiful and awe inspiring. I can just imagine the night sky near the time of Christ’s birth. The star of Bethlehem, faithfully followed over miles and miles, led the wise men to exactly where Jesus was living as a young child. There are those who want to explain away this miracle by pointing out some astronomical phenomenon. However one may want to explain it, it remains unexplainable! This star actually went before them and positioned itself over the exact location where they could find Jesus.
Our verse today teaches that those who are wise shine like the night sky. Those who lead others to righteousness are likened to stars. Of course, I have no wisdom or righteousness of my own. I Corinthians 1:30 says that Christ became for me wisdom from God and righteousness. He is my source.
The star of Bethlehem led those wise men to Wisdom and Righteousness in the person of Jesus. Those who lead others to Christ today are doing the same. In a sense, I can also be a star with the light of my life pointing others to Him. If I shine at all, it is for Him. My desire is that my light, like that star, lead others to the Source of wisdom and righteousness.
Today, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world. What a privilege to be a part of His light and to guide others to Him! Have a blessed light-filled Christmas!
(a re-post from Christmas 2012)