When the magi came to Judah looking for the Messiah, they first dropped in to visit King Herod to find out more information about a new king, who’s star they had seen. After hearing their story, Herod sent them on their way but asked his visitors to drop back to report on their findings.
After tracking down Jesus in Bethlehem, God warned the magi through a dream not to return to Herod (Matthew 2:12), so they took a different route home. God spoke to them and by simply obeying this prompting, it provided a very practical way of avoiding danger to both themselves and even Christ from a king who many consider a psychopath.
In an interview with NewsChannel 5, the unnamed St. Louis police officer told his story of how the Holy Spirit prompted him to do something and because the officer obeyed he is alive today.
During the interview the policeman’s identity was purposefully hidden to avoid retribution on his family as a case is pending in court.
On July 14, 2015, the officer, 39, was doing a midnight patrol in an upscale entertainment area on the city’s central west end. It was a hot night and the sergeant removed his bullet proof vest.
Sitting in his car at 4:30 am, he noticed three men walking down the street towards him. Though nothing in their demeanor suggested danger, the policeman said:
“They were just walking. There was nothing peculiar about them but the hairs on my neck stood up. And at that point there was a voice that told me grab my vest. I know it was God.”
The sergeant quickly slipped on his vest. The three men entered a silver car parked on the street.
Moments later their car, along with a second vehicle, pulled beside the sergeant’s.
One of the men wearing a black bandana quickly existed the vehicle and started shooting at the officer. One of the bullets struck him in the chest, but because of the vest the bullet stopped just short of the sergeant’s ribs.
The officer returned fire forcing the two vehicles to flee. The person who shot the sergeant fled on foot but the officer, who briefly pursued the suspect, gave a description that eventually led to the arrest of four men.
Well over 15 shots were fired in the shootout. The sergeant’s car alone had 14 bullet holes in it.
The officer who was praying through this attack believes obeying the prompting of the Holy Spirit undoubtedly saved his life in what police are now calling an “ambush.”