When Jesus saw that a curious crowd was growing by the minute, he told his disciples to get him out of there to the other side of the lake.Matthew 8:18 MSG
Jesus made quite the commotion during his earthly ministry. He walked from town to town teaching, preaching, and healing (see Matt. 4:23-25). His words had real power. He worked in signs and wonders.
Unsurprisingly, the news traveled quickly and crowds came running, hoping to witness some miraculous spectacle.
Jesus was busy. But he knew when to get away.
Throughout the gospels, we witness Jesus on several occasions choose the solace of solitude over the rowdy crowd. He needed time alone with his Father to rest and pray.
He also prioritized quality time with his inner team of 12, desiring intimate relationship and true commitment over casual curiosity.
Today, our pace of life has only picked up speed. Most of us are over-scheduled and over-stimulated. Crowds of many kinds clamor for our attention and allegiance.
Yet at what cost?
Let today’s verse remind you that you don’t always need to engage. The world can wait. You have a Father in heaven who longs to spend undivided time together and a Savior who has paved the way for you to enter his presence — any place, any time.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
The door is open. There’s an invitation with your name on it. Don’t delay.
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