What Jesus Did! 'No Neglect' — Matthew 14:22-23

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Then Jesus made the followers get into the boat. Jesus told them to go to the other side of the lake. Jesus said that he would come later. Jesus stayed there to tell the people they could go home. After Jesus said good-bye to the people, he went up into the hills. Jesus went there alone to pray. It was late, and Jesus was there alone.
— Matthew 14:22-23 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 14:22-23 NLT —  It was late, and Jesus was there alone.

Key Thought

For me, two convictions come out of Jesus' actions:
—Jesus is compassionate to the end!
—Jesus may have put off his time with the Father, but he didn't neglect it!
Let me explain. While grieving the loss of John the Baptist, Jesus ministered to the crowd and also to his disciples. Jesus took care of the crowd so he could send the disciples away on ahead of him. Then Jesus entered into his time of prayer in a place away from the crowds and in the presence of his Father.
Both his caring for the crowds and his disciples as well as his time alone with God are important reminders to me. In my grief and heartbreak, I need to remember others and not wallow in my own self-pity. But helping others must not be an escape from spending time with God. Only time with the Father truly renews, restores, and revitalizes.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, I confess that I cannot bear under the load of life without your help and support. Thank you for supplying me with power to deal with difficult times in ways which honored you and blessed others. Thank you for never forsaking me. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 1:35-39
  • Luke 22:39-40
  • Luke 5:15-16

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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.

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