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22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
This morning I woke up late and was late for work. Then during lunchtime I had some errands to do and only had a few minutes to eat a burger. Then after work traffic was so bad it took me an extra hour to get home. My dinner was cold because I got home late, then I had to take the kids to practice. When we got home I helped the kids with their homework and then put them to bed. I was so exhausted then that I just lied down to watch a little TV and I was out till the next morning.
Sound like a typical day for you? Maybe not so severe, but doesn't it seem like you just don't have enough time in the day. You think, "If God would have only made it a 30-hour day instead of a 24-hour day I think it would be better."
We all come up with excuses for not doing things, but what about spending time in God's word, or with the Lord in prayer?
So many Christians struggle in their walk with the Lord and wonder why. But when things are going bad then they seem to find the time to pray or go to church or even pick up the bible. But when the struggle is over, they forget about the Lord again until they need Him again.
If you are like this, you really need to think about what you are doing and whom you are doing it to!
That's right, who you are doing it to. You're doing this to the one who gave up heaven to be here and die for you. You're doing this to the one who created heaven and earth and you too.
You are treating our Lord and Savior like a Santa Claus. Only speaking to Him when you have a wish list.
I know that this all sounds kind of harsh, and it's not intended to be.
But now that I have your attention, read today's devotional verse again.
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
Jesus had a very, very busy life. Everyone hounded Him and wanted something from Him. There were times He couldn't even eat or sleep because others needed Him.
But still Jesus took the time away from others to spend time with the Father.
He didn't make excuses, but rather made time for God.
Think about your life and how busy you are. Are you making excuses or are you making time for the Lord?
Remember that next time you are to busy wondering how you are going to do everything. Remember that Jesus took time with the Father and that was how He was able to do all that He did.