“At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them.” – Luke 4:42
As I read through the passage found in Luke four, verse forty-two seemed to shed some new light on the character of Jesus, and the desire of people.
Every time scripture speaks of Jesus going off to a solitary place, His purpose is to pray – to spend intentional time with God the Father.
My second observation is that the people were looking for Him. This alone, presents plainly that people longed to be in His presence. It goes on to say, “they tried to keep Him from leaving them.” In other words, they desperately desired that the Divine stay near. I imagine that they were well aware of their own desperate need, and had become cognizant of the care and concern that Christ offered. They did not want to miss a minute of this man, Jesus, and likely pleaded with our Provider to stay present.
Don’t we all do this at one time or another? When we are at long last in the company of a close companion and the time nears for parting, do we immediately stand up and say goodbye, or do we stay seated, keep speaking, and secretly hope that we can somehow stretch out our time together?
I am so thankful that with our Savior, we no longer have to say goodbye and part ways. For through His death and resurrection, Jesus provided a way for His Presence to always remain not only with us, but in us, by His Holy Spirit.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus modeled how we are meant to seek solitude with You so that life’s distractions will not disrupt the words You want us to hear. Thank You too, for Your glorious gift of Your Son and of Your Holy Spirit. Teach us to be intentional with our time as we turn to You, and help us to clearly hear Your heart as we listen. May we always remember that we don’t have to convince You to stay. Once You have been invited in, You remain forever faithfully with us. Supply our spirits with Your strength and grace, so that we may do all that You ask of us. Amen.
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