Let God in
'The crowd began pleading with Jesus to...leave them alone.' Mark 5:17 NLT
The Bible says when 'those who had seen what happened told the others about the demon-possessed man and the pigs...the crowd began pleading with Jesus to...leave them alone' (Mark 5:16-17 NLT). They had just witnessed an astounding miracle, yet they were 'pleading with Jesus to...leave them alone'. Maybe they were afraid he'd interfere with their work, like he did with the owner of the pigs. Or perhaps they thought he would disrupt their lives too much. Either way, they wanted no part of what Jesus had to offer.
We may not directly say to God, 'leave me alone' but we can keep areas of our lives away from him, preferring he wasn't involved. We may be happy to let him in to our family, but not our work life. Or happy to let him have our public lives, but want to keep our private lives to ourselves. We're happy to let him use our skills, but want to use our money as we want. But God wants all of us. He wants to be Lord of every aspect of our lives - including those areas we'd rather have control of.
Sometimes, we need to reassess our hearts. Are we finding it hard to trust God? Do we feel like we need to be in control rather than surrender to him? Instead of saying to God, 'leave me alone', let's say to him 'please come into every area of my life.'
So what now? What area of your life are you not letting God in to? Let him in - you won't regret it.
Soulfood: Exo 36-38, Matt 9:1-13, Ps 89:38-52, Pro 3:1-2