On: December 29, 2014 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. [Luke 4:42-44]
Whilst today’s passage follows yesterday’s (obviously!), in a sense it precedes it. That first verse: “Jesus went out to a solitary place.”He went out, before the hurly burly of the day had begun, to spend time alone with His Father and seek His guidance and empowering. Surely this is the key to all Jesus was able to do. He had no special dispensation from the never ending clamour of everyday life. He intentionally had to find a place where He could be quiet and listen to what His Father had in store for the day ahead. It kept Him on track.
There’s something important about a daily space to catch up with God’s plans. Jesus summed it up neatly: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
We will probably all nod our heads in agreement at the principal here. Do we actually put it into practice, though? First thing in the morning must be best, but will not work for all of us. And “solitary” may not be practical it we live and work in a city. But, if keeping in touch with His Father was crucial for Jesus, how much more so is it for me? It will determine whether I walk in God’s will and live an effective life. Or not.
So, I challenge myself to set that alarm clock for 20 minutes earlier, to get myself to that duck pond at lunchtime. To make it happen … and see whether God will honour the commitment.
Father God, it’s not easy to create space every day to be with You. Please show me where and when I can best spend time with you; help me stick with it; and open my eyes to the difference it makes. Amen.