Weekly Word of Encouragement
"As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone." -Matthew 14:13
A close reading of the gospels reveals that Jesus often took time to be alone, away from his disciples and the crowds. If our Lord had to do this in his life then what does it say about us? Today our world struggles mightily with being alone. We seem to have this incessant need to be in contact with someone. We are on our cell phones in the car. Some people text at the dinner table. We do email and check our Facebook when we rise and when we lay our heads down to sleep. Why? Two reasons. First, God made us relational creatures and built us for community. This need we have for contact is reflective of this reality. Second, we are lonelier than ever. We do this in order to fill the emptiness of our hearts. There is an irony when the Bible talks about Jesus getting away from it all. The truth of the matter is that he was not alone, but rather he was alone with his Father. This is where our need for relationships and our loneliness can be quenched. When we get alone with God our tanks are refueled for daily living and we experience the grace and forgiveness of the Savior. It is good to be in contact with friends, but friends can only go so far. We need to get alone with the Lord, away from all of the noisiness, if we are going to hear that still small voice that makes all the difference in the world in our lives.
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