December 2018 Devotion

PEACE ON THE WATER

Jesus spent much time on the Sea of Galilee with His disciples. Although they traveled through a few storms, it was often a quiet place of peace. This enabled Jesus to sped special times with His team of future leaders. The boat seemed to be just he right size for such expeditions.

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. The, because so many people were coming and going they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

So, they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. (Mark 6:30-32)

Our alone time with the Lord is significant. We, too, need to seek a place of peace when our life becomes too busy for prolonged. Periods. Often, it is a matter of prioritization. It may be necessary to schedule these moments so that they are not missed.

Is it okay to spend money on leisure? In my opinion, if the result is quiet time with the Lord, then it is acceptable. If the activity adds to our busyness, then it is unprofitable. Remember that a serene walk costs very little.

Jesus’ ministry was more than busy. Crowds followed Him throughout the region. The water provided a place of peace, or a vehicle to a solitary place, that was difficult to find elsewhere.

Does your schedule need more quiet time with the Lord? What can be re-prioritized? If Jesus rested His disciples, are we exempt? God instituted the seventh day of rest a s gift for His people. We may not be subject to Old Testament Law; however, the wisdom of the idea is obvious. When are your special moments with the Master?