March 12 – Alone With God…and Over 5000 Others

Matthew 14:1-21; Leviticus 20-21; Proverbs 30

There is this false belief that if you follow God and do whatever He says that nothing bad will happen to you because God will protect you. John’s imprisonment was a direct result of preaching God’s law and confronting the ruler with it. (If you read the passages above, Leviticus 20:21 is what John was telling Herod.) The outcome of John’s preaching was his death. “When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities.” (Matthew 14:13) As important as relationships are, when Jesus heard about John He wanted to be alone. The problem for Jesus was that the needs continued. When Jesus went to be alone, He was followed by thousands of His closest friends who all wanted something. They wanted to see Him or touch Him. They wanted healing or forgiveness. And Jesus, being Jesus, left His solitude to minister and heal. It was out of this relationship with the people that we learn about the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand (plus). Sometimes the priest can’t defile himself. (Leviticus 21:1ff) Sometimes the minister can’t be alone in their own grief. People have needs and we are called to minister in the difficult times.

Oh Lord, give me the grace to minister to others when I would rather be alone with You. Help me to see the needs of others and give me the strength to help them when I would rather be with You. Most of all, help me to realize that when I am helping others in Your name, I am spending time with You.

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I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.
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2 Responses to March 12 – Alone With God…and Over 5000 Others

  1. “There is this false belief that if you follow God and do whatever He says that nothing bad will happen to you because God will protect you.”

    Too bad I didn’t understand that fact when I was 16. Ah well, what’s done is done. Moving forward.

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    • rockyfort says:

      HA! I know what you mean. Sometimes for me it was as simple as wondering why I failed a test when I had been doing God’s work (instead of studying.) Thanks for stopping by, Karl.

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