Withdraw – Good News for July 18

18 07 2009

Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

The Daily Path: When pursued by hostile pharisees in our own lives, where is the one place we can withdraw to? Where’s the peace in the midst of a hurricane?

Through my own trials I’m learning that calm is in the presence of Christ.

Withdraw from the storm to sit with Jesus. Find time to seek his presence. 

Room to Chat: Lord, please bring your servant Matt home to sit with you in the Kingdom of Heaven. Heal Chris and Michael. Bring renewed strength to Pat and Herb.