This morning I read today’s scripture on the Bible. It is taken from Mark 5:1-20. The story is about Jesus chased away legion of devil from a man. The interesting part of this scripture is, when people knew about what Jesus had done, they asked Jesus to go. Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region (Mark 5:17). They rejected Jesus. How nonsense, I thought. Why did they reject someone who had done nice thing? Jesus ‘healed’ someone from the possession of devil, but why did other people who knew that, rejected Him?
Then I read the first reading from 2 Sam 15-16, about David who fled from his son, Absalom. In the middle of his escape, he met Shimei, Saul’s relative, who cursed David with very bad and annoying words (this is my personal opinion however haha). The beautiful part of this passage is, when one of David’s guardian wants to punish Shimei, this is what David said, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life. How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”
Later, I take my time and learn about this two passages. Then I got one important message, it’s about letting go.
Both of Jesus and David didn’t take care of what people say and think about them. They even didn’t reply other’s words. They didn’t say, “Hey, do you know the truth? Do you know that I have done good things? I’m innocent! You are in no position to judge me or curse me like that!” No, they didn’t. If it’s me, maybe I’ll say that words 😁. But it’s not for Jesus and David. They just let it go.
This message is very important to me personally, because I often being irritated by other’s words and thought. I often live just to get approval from others, and it’s being painful for me when someone rejected me or didn’t like what I did.
Today God wants to remind me that I should never overthink about what people say or think about me. The most important thing is, have I do the right things? I shouldn’t care much of what other people think, but I should care much of what God may think. So often we are being bothered by what others say to us, but we didn’t give our ears to hear what God say about us.
God love us very much, so that He doesn’t want us lose our peace just because of thought of others. Let us learn and practice this “letting go” today. God bless you.