Matthew 14:13 “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.”
The Scene: a small boat resting on a sandy beach–maybe at the Sea of Galilee.
Jesus from time to time sought solitude from the masses of people, the world and its troubles that followed him whereever He traveled.
He would find a small fishing boat, put out in it and move away from shore where He could find rest. The message is clear for the followers of Jesus: take time out for rest, solitude, relaxation, rejuvenation–time for meditation. Get away from the daily demanding tasks and pressures.
Listen to God through His Holy Spirit. Find direction for your life–stay fixed on His will for you.
- Restoration: Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
- Meditation : Psalm 104:34 ” May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.”
- Solitude/rest: Mark 6:31 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ “
- Prayer: Luke 5:16 ” But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
We can never go wrong if we will but follow the pattern for our lives that Jesus the Christ of Nazareth has laid out for us.
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