When the apostles returned [from their teaching and healing mission]
, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida.
— Luke 9:10 NLT
Jesus often worked to give his disciples some quiet downtime. 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 later parts of the chapter reveal, sometimes that rest had to wait till more pressing people-concerns were addressed, but Jesus made 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 more responsibly. 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 series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show 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.