When the apostles came back, they told Jesus the things they had done on their trip. Then Jesus took them away to a town called Bethsaida. There, Jesus and his apostles could be alone together.
— Luke 9:10 NLT
Jesus often worked to give his disciples some quiet, down time. With the pressures of the crowd, their own experience with ministry, the teaching Jesus was giving them, and the pressures of everyday living, they needed rest. So do we! As the remainder of the chapter reveals, sometimes that rest has to wait till more pressing people-concerns pass, but Jesus makes clear that he does want us to rest and recuperate—both to return us to useful service and also to give us time alone in his presence.
Father, please help me balance my responsibilities, opportunities, and rest in a more responsible way. Please use me mightily, but also convict me when I'm focused too much on being busy and not enough on being with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Luke 5:15-16
- John 6:14-15
- Mark 6:31-32
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.