Day 85: Out of Balance (Joshua 16-18; Luke 5:1-16)

The last few weeks I’d been feeling so out of balance: a demanding work schedule, studying, church ministries, keeping up with my loved ones, trying to live a healthy lifestyle… I didn’t know how I could fit it all into my days. In the meantime, I kept God “on hold.”

“Yes, God, I will take the time to talk to you in a minute, but first I have to prepare my presentation.” Or, “God, I really want to have a nice cup of tea and dive into your Word, but there’s this pile of tests that I need to check before tomorrow…”

Sound familiar?

However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. -Luke 5:15-16

When I read this passage, I thought about what I would do if I had the power to heal and was surrounded by people who needed my help. Unsurprisingly, my first response was that I would first heal those people and then withdraw myself to pray. Because in a way, that’s what I had been doing in my own life! Granted, I can’t heal the sick, but God did give me talents and gifts that I can use to be of help to the people around me.

Jesus gives us such a great lesson here. More and more people began to ask Him for help, “so He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” Luke write this as if going away to pray is the most obvious thing to do when people are demanding your time and energy! The truth is, it should be the most obvious thing to do, because if we do not completely keep relying on God, how can we handle the growing demand? Jesus knew this. Do you?

If you’re feeling out of balance I pray that this verse will open your eyes, like it did mine.

Do you draw closer to God when life becomes more demanding? Or do you put Him on hold?

What in your life do you have to start saying “no” to (for now), in order to make time to withdraw and pray?

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