Herod the Great died in about 4 B.C. so an angel appeared to Joseph again and gave them the directions they were waiting in Egypt to hear.
Matthew 2:19-23: But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.”
History proved Joseph’s fears to be real and God’s direction faithful as Herod Archelaus was an incredibly cruel and tyrannical. He was deposed after 10 years and the Roman’s took over with governors appointed by the emperor.
Joseph followed God’s direction and settled in Galilee in the town of Nazareth. God was an amazing Guide throughout Joseph’s journey’s. From leaving Nazareth to travel to Bethlehem with pregnant Mary for the census to Egypt and back to Nazareth, God led the way. God was their guide. God leads us in the way we should go. His Word teaches us how we are to live and think. Because God gives His children the Holy spirit, they recognize His voice and follow Him. We can trust God to lead us in the right way. Without God’s guidance, we would stumble and fall like people in darkness. Jesus is our guiding light so we can walk with God where He leads us with confidence and assurance.
Just as God was their Guide, He can be our guide in life too. We just need to listen for His voice, John 10:3, “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” We can be confident that God will guide and lead us. Here are a few verses to reassure you can trust Him as your guide:
Psalm 23:2-3 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 31:3 “For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;”
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
Psalm 48:14 “that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever”
May you follow His leading each day, knowing that God is faithful and trustworthy. He will guide you, just as He did Joseph and Mary.