Immediately after [feeding the multitude, Jesus] got into a boat with his disciples and crossed over to the region of Dalmanutha.
— Mark 8:10 NLT
Sometimes God's truths need to be heard with finality and without a lot of discussion. The power of the simple truth takes time to be absorbed. The starkness or challenge of the truth sometimes needs to be left in the hands of the hearers and the messenger needs to move on to the next group of people who need God's truth, grace, and hope. May God give us the wisdom to know when to stay and when to go to serve elsewhere. May God's grace give us the love to stay in tough circumstances when it is his will and the courage to leave when we need to move on to other places. May the Father give us the courage to leave and allow time for the word to convict and germinate in the hearts of men and women who are not ready to respond immediately.
Father in heaven, I cannot read the hearts of people very well. I know that you know them. I know that you know what is best for them at any given moment. Please, dear Father, help me to know when to move on to other people and other fields of service that are ready for your truth, love, and grace. However, dear Father, help me know when to stay and keep loving and serving people as well. Please give me this wisdom, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Mark 1:35-39
- 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
- James 4:8
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.