You had to be there
"bring me word
again," Matt. 2:8
here is no guarantee
that God will send word again if we fail to respond properly the first
time we hear it. That is why
the Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, harden not your heart."
Faith lays hold of God's Word and clings to it, bows before it, obeys
Two men are
found waiting in Matthew two for word. One was waiting in vain. God would never speak to Herod
"again." We must not
handle the word of God deceitfully (2Cor. 4:2). Herod said he wanted to worship
(2:8), but in fact he wanted to destroy (2:13). God
knows the thoughts and intents of the heart. If, after hearing the word of
God once, we do not believe it and bow before it, there is no guarantee
that we will ever hear it again in this lifetime.
Joseph, on the other
hand was in Egypt also waiting for word from God. An angel had instructed him to take his family and the babe
and be there "until I bring thee word" (Matt. 2:13). "Be there." When God points out to us some
place, principle, or promise faith must take us there. We must "be there." We must obey or when God sends
word to Egypt we will not be there to receive it. Disobedience is not only not an
option, it may become the dead end for faith. We must follow God's word whether
it sends us to Bethlehem or Egypt, we must set out on a spiritual journey
to "be there until [he] brings [us] word."