Sunday to Monday | Wander Off

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J. R. R. Tolkien

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

Yesterday we continued our series on Jesus' Bad Habits - this time it was wandering off. Jesus frequently went off, withdrew, found a quiet place to be alone with his heavenly Father. This is a bad habit we might want to practice as well. After all, if busy and sought after Jesus found time to get away, then we might need to do it too. A time apart, a time of silence, a time with God. Not a time by ourselves getting away from everyone and everything, but a time of going to be with God. We don't have to go anywhere special, for a set period of time; we don't have to do it "right" we just need to be intentional about going. We can't pray wrong - God prays for us (Romans 8:26). 

Isaiah 30:15 gave Jesus and gives us the prescription: 

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
In returning and rest you shall be saved;
    in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

If you missed being with us, you can watch worship here. Pray the prayers of the day here. Check out photos from the week: 

For your week's devotions and conversations: 

  • Do you wander? Why or why not?
  • What keeps you from taking the time to wander off with God?
  • Why do you think Jesus was intentional about withdrawing and spending time alone with God? What does this teach you?
  • Looking ahead to next week: What do you think Jesus taught about children and divorce? See Mark 10:2-16 for reflection.

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