Monday, March 16th, 2020
“But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.” ~Luke 5:15-16
It’s Monday! For many people today marks the beginning of a new work week, while others it’s just another day. For instance, today is my Friday, the end of my work week. In some of our cultures today, there seems to be a demand or an urgency to work longer hours or work harder to gain another step on the ladder to the top. Hard work, commitment and striving for betterment are all good and worthy things. But I caution all of us to remember to make time for God, time to talk with God, time to read His word, and time to study and learn. We should also spend time with our brothers and sisters in Christ, supporting one another and worshiping God. Keeping the Sabbath holy is a phrase I learned early in life. It used to mean Sunday for me, while others celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday. I have learned through the years that the Sabbath can be any day of the week set aside especially for God. I have lots of friends who are required to work on Sunday and attending Sunday worship cannot be accommodated, this by no means makes them any less Christian. The most important thing is making time for God. With the world being a 24/7/365 operation in most places many churches have started having services at different times and on different days making it easier for individuals to attend. Try to find other activities sponsored by your church or other churches so you can get involved on your days off of work.
In the scripture verse today Luke tells us that Jesus would go off by himself to a deserted place to pray. Jesus created space and time to be with His Father. Not only would Jesus do this when He was with His disciples but also when large crowds were around asking to be healed. Jesus, in the midst of the business of healing and preaching, slipped away to be with God. Jesus was setting an example for us.
People often run themselves to the point of empty exhaustion by working long hours and in some cases working more than one job. Please remember to take time to refuel and be filled by the sustaining power of Jesus Christ. Never let your cup become empty and dry, seek to be filled and fulfilled.
Take a cup and fill it with water. As you pour it out, tell God where you feel empty in life. (Leave a little in the bottom to represent the desire to never be completely empty.) Then, full the cup back up again, asking God for what you need.
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.