To whom should you listen?
May 10, 2010
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church,Cokato

Places to go, things to do, and people to see! Do you have trouble discerning how much time of your short life should be spent on these activities? Is there a formula that you could apply to life that would give a good balance?

If you go to your financial advisor, depending on your age and your risk tolerance, he can help you with a proper balance of stocks, bonds, and cash. However, I only know of one place to go to balance out the use of my short years on this earth.

In Mark 1:35, we find how Jesus ordered his time. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

Now, this may not seem too significant to you until you read the next verses. “Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’”

Jesus knew what demands would be upon him that day. He went to His Father in prayer to seek His will for his life.

I don’t know what I will face each day of my life and neither do you, but there is One who knows all things. God the Father is always available for counsel through His Son, Jesus Christ. That is where we need to go every day of our lives.

It is so interesting that after the disciples found Jesus and told him that everyone was looking for him, he said in verse 38: “Let us go somewhere else – the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

It wasn’t the disciples who directed where Jesus’ time should be spent, it wasn’t the cry of the crowds that determined where Jesus would go, but it was time spent in prayer with his Father that determined where he should go and what he should do.

Spend some time with your Father each day before you hear the voice of anyone else. Start your day with time in God’s word and in prayer, seeking His counsel.