Getting Away in His Word- 10-28-13

Some times you just have to get away! You need to take care of business when its needed but sometimes you need to get away from the crowds and find a place to spend time with just you and God.

Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they fain on the way.”

Then His disciples said to Him,”Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few fish.” So He commanded the multitude to sit on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to

His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were filled. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And He sent away the multitude and got into the boat, and came to the region of Magadala. Matthew 15: 32-39

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Matthew 17:1-2

Jesus went away from the crowds a few times but it seems that the people always managed to find him.
At one time He used it for His glory by feeding the mass of people with loaves and fish. Yet another time He sent the disciples away on a boat while he went off on his own time alone; a moment of faith we read about when Peter ended up walking on water. He was alone when the Satan tried to tempt him; well pretty much alone for God is not really ever alone. The man in him took time alone with God. He spent time talking to the Father God about his crucifixion with three near but a stones throw away.

When is the last time that you had time alone with God and His Word?
This weekend I was blessed with the joining a massive multitude of women at a Women of Faith conference. The time with God was awesome, the Word was awesome the speakers were awesome; and because of one of the speakers I hear the word as I type it, 'awesome' in an Australian accent. Lives were changed, mine included; we learned to be alone with God in an open Colosseum of thousands of women. We learned how God is there for us in all that we walk through and that He is in the Word that we read; for some ladies this was a new concept, others knew it but did not walk in it until this weekend. Over all it was a wonderful get away from the daily grind and spend time with Him and His disciples.
God is good, no, great! He helped some of us to realize that we need to get away from everything and everyone in our normal day to day 'stuff' and let it go while we go off and get fed. I felt like one of Jesus' Apostles as we sat at His feet and heard Him speak through these great women and a couple men, of God.
As we headed back home we came with equipment needed to make the life we went back to work for the glory of God. One women gave us a glass of water, a couple gave us songs to sing, and a couple others gave an outlook on life that made us appreciate it when we went home to messy houses or crazy piles of work on our desks.
It is good to get away at times, and good things can come from it; gratitude, encouragement, strength, fellowship, adoration for the Lord, peace for tomorrow and in the midst of trials and a closeness to the Lord that only comes when you get away from what you are used to doing and spend personal time with him.
A few things that you can do to get away with Him are;
  • create a space in your life for Christ; your room, your bathroom or shower, your car when no one else is there can all be a place that you can meet with him; just not while you are driving!
  • Create a time in your life for Christ; it takes effort to plan ahead and give up the time you would put your self in an attitude of prayer and listening; read the Word and glean from it!
  • Created a mind set that will bring you back to the fact that you need to spend time with Him alone.
  • Bring your Bible with you where you go and take advantage of an empty office at lunch, or a bench in the hall way by the elevator. Dig in and enjoy, talk to Him and read His Word!
Once you are there you need to;
  • kneel and pray
  • wait and listen
  • read and write
Praying is more focused when you can kneel physically,but if you can't then kneel with your heart and bow your self to the Lord.
Waiting on the Lord Wait on the Lord be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart; wait I say on the Lord. Psalm 27:14. Wait to hear from Him in your heart, mind and soul.
Reading the Words of God's leaders and scribes is important to our spiritual growth with Him, writing it down brings it back to remembrance when we read it again. It gives us a chance to put things in our own words that help us, with the Holy Spirit's work through us to be able to understand it just that much more.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a chance to spend time with you today and every day. Help us to find a weekend, or a week or a day that we can really truly get away with you and relish in your goodness. In Jesus name Amen.
Suggested Reading: Matthew 15:1-39 , 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Psalm 27:1-14 , Mark 2:1-27