'They exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for You!"' Mark 1:37 NIV
Recognise any of these symptoms? You get irritated and edgy with people you normally like. You desperately need sleep yet you can’t stop your mind from keeping you awake. You know you need God but you don’t seem to have the time. Ever. Maybe you’re prioritising the wrong things. You’re saying ‘yes’ out of guilt or obligation, and the knock–on effect is saying ‘no’ to something or somebody important. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus didn’t seem to utter a single guilt–ridden ‘yes’. When word got out Jesus had healed Peter’s mother–in–law, a crowd gathered and He ministered to them late into the night. Early the next morning when He slipped away to a quiet place to pray, the disciples went looking for Him. ‘When they found Him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for You!”’ But note Jesus’ response: ‘Let us go somewhere else.’ (Mark 1:38 NIV) He chose to be Spirit–led, not guilt–driven. It’s not up to you to meet every single need out there. Sometimes, it’s right to say ‘no’. If you have difficulty saying ‘no,’ it’s ok to say, ‘Let me pray about it and get back to you.’ Then pray, listen carefully, and make your decision. God wants us to keep a focus on Him, and occasionally we’ll have to leave some things for others, in order to keep following His plan. For the third day running we are advising you spend time with God (we think it’s a good idea, in case you hadn’t got the message just yet). Why not wrap up warm and take a walk outside in silence, without any headphones? Whatever you do, the important thing is intentionally to make the effort to meet with God.
SoulFood: 1 Sam 27-31, Matt 25:14-30, Ps 137, Prov 17:22-23
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd