“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19
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We discussed the demon-possessed man from Mark chapter 5 and how the people in that region did not care about the miracle that Jesus had just performed for the man when He cast the demon out of him. The people begged Jesus to leave their region. And being the Gentleman that He is, Jesus obliged. He doesn’t force Himself on any of us. If you plead with Him not to be in your life by the way you live, He will stay out of your life. Jesus stands at the door and knocks.
Notice in the account of the demon-possessed man that someone else pleaded with Jesus. The text states, “And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him” (Mk 5:18). As Jesus was about to leave, the man begged Him that he might go with Him. “However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you’” (Mk. 5:19).
Jesus had a different plan in mind for the man. Sometimes it’s the same way for us. We may go to the Lord asking and pleading for something from Him, but He does not allow it – like He didn’t allow the man who was demon-possessed to go with Him. Sometimes the Lord just wants us to stay where we are in what situation we are in so that He can get the glory. He told the man to tell others what great things the Lord had done for him. “And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled” (Mk. 5:20).
Whatever circumstance or trial you’re going through, the Lord might not permit you to leave it. You may beg Him, plead, and cry, but if He can get glory out of your situation, then He will. And you may just have to stay in it and tell others how great the Lord has been to you.
God has been good to me. No matter what I go through, He is still good. He is always good. He’s good to you, too – whether you recognize it or not. So when we’re going through challenging times, we can rest assured that God hears our pleading and He knows our requests of Him. He just may want us to stay there and tell others of all the great things He’s done so that He can get the glory.
If you don’t know the Lord, you can know Him. You can believe that Jesus is Lord, repent of your sins, confess His sweet name, and be baptized to receive forgiveness of your sins. Then you can allow Him to get the glory out of your life.
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