Dear Pastor, Preacher, or Bible Teacher –
Here’s a thought for your Monday morning, after a weekend of serving God, His people, and a needy world. It’s from a strange event in the ministry of Jesus found in Matthew 8:34:
And when they saw Him,
they begged Him to depart from their region.
Dangerous, demon-possessed men brought so much terror to a city that they took the tormented men and chained them up in a graveyard.
Those demons were no match for Jesus, and at His command the men were set free. The whole city responded – the whole city came out to meet Jesus! Surely, they came to thank Him and honor Him as Lord.
Here is the shock of Matthew 8:34: instead of thanking Jesus, they wanted him to go away. They begged Him to depart from their region.
The work of Jesus had unified the whole city, and they had all come out to meet with and to talk to Jesus; but it was not in a good way. They asked Jesus to leave, and He did.
When we minister in Jesus’ name, sometimes people will be against us. Sometimes it might even feel like everyone is against us!
In those seasons, humble yourself before God. Ask Him to search your heart, and speak to you of any wicked way in you (Psalm 139:23-24). Yet at the end of it all, if you are rejected for standing with Jesus – then stand with your Savior. He knows what you’re going through!
Blessings to You in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik