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Luke 5:12-16, The Antidote for Busyness

Key Verse

But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.
— Luke 5:16

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, October 12, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Life is busy. How’s that for stating the obvious? I have friends with young children and they’re frequently overwhelmed. I, myself, have teenagers going multiple directions at any given time. My parents are long retired but report being busier now than when they were both working. Somehow in the crush of daily living, time evaporates and we find ourselves running to stand still.

When it came to busyness, Jesus’ life left ours in the dust. Once word of his teaching and healing abilities got out, the man was constantly inundated by crowds of people desperate for a word of hope in a seemingly hopeless world. And while Jesus had compassion for all those who sought him, he understood the importance of self care.

Time and again in the gospels, Jesus goes off on his own to spend time one-on-one with God. Jesus is a model for us in this regard. When we’re overworked and overwhelmed, God is calling out to us, inviting us to pause and pray, promising us rest and rejuvenation.

When will I take time out to spend with God today?


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