Matthew 14:13-14 To Help Or Not To Help?

Jesus healing

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matthew 14:13-14

John the Baptist was just killed by beheading because he spoke against the king. When Jesus had received word about this, He decided to go to some solitary place alone. The people followed Him to that location. As He saw them, Jesus had compassion on them and began to heal them of their sicknesses.

The Bible does not give a reason as to why Jesus wanted to withdraw from the crowds and be alone. It may have been that hearing about John made Him think about what He knew He would have to go through. He knew His purpose on this earth was to go to the cross and die. He knew the pain and suffering that would cause. In order to stay focused, He chose to be alone with His Father and stay on the course He had set out to travel.

Despite how He was feeling, Jesus took time to heal more people. He did not complain to them or run from them, but turned to them and began to heal them.

In life a person may be busy all day at work and worn out, or may have something weighing heavy on his mind. At the end of the day all that person may want to do is go home and be alone to think. However, God may set a person in front of him to minister to and help. A choice has to be made–to serve self, or to serve someone else. Jesus chose to serve the people, the other person, not Himself.

As you go through your days, there will be times  you may want to just shut down and relax. Yet, God may put a person in your path to help. You have to make a choice also. Will you help that person? Or will you turn that person away and only help yourself?

Show the compassion that Jesus had for the people and help others when the opportunity comes. Don’t turn people away. That may be the only time that they have a chance to see Jesus in you or in someone.

I pray today that you will see people with the compassion Jesus had for the people; that you will rely on the strength of God to keep going forward; that God will use you to reach many people for Jesus; and that people will see the compassion of God in your life.

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Amos 5:4 A Way To Have Life

This is what the LORD says to Israel: “Seek me and live;” Amos 5:4

Israel had chosen to follow after other gods, refusing to follow God. The result of following those other gods was that God was going to bring death and destruction upon the people of Israel. Even though they sought life among the other gods, all they would find is death. God tells them to seek Him out and they will live, they fill find life.

Although there are many people who attempt or actually commit suicide, most people want to live. Event those who commit suicide have a part of them that want to live, it is just they do not want to live with the pain or trouble that is in their life.

Everywhere people are searching for life. Most people are searching for it in things, other people, or actions. Some think that they find life in accumulating more and more things, cars, sex, houses, bank accounts, drugs, alcohol and more. Each of these things are dead in themselves and cannot give any life.

Others seek life in excitement and adventure. They will travel around the world, ride on thrill rides, participate in dangerous thrilling extreme sports and more. Again with these, each of them are dead in and of themselves. None of these can bring about any life in a person.

Then there are some who seek life in actions or helping others. Many people help the homeless, the abused, the sick, those in prison, and others. They feel that doing something good will bring them the satisfaction of life that people desire and want. While none of these are necessarily bad, they are just actions, and there is no true life in it. The actions are done to humans who cannot provide true life.

The only way you can find a true life that is worth living is in seeking God. God provided life for every human being through Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life. Apart from Jesus, you will die, you will not have life. It may seem like a good life for a while, but in the end, without Jesus, you will die.

Do not be like the Israelites and reject seeking God first. Put God first in your life and seek only Him. Then He will give you life and that life abundantly.

I pray today that you will only seek Jesus; that you will know life in Jesus; that you will not seek life in the things and people of this world; and that God will pour out the abundant life worth living upon you.