‘Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.‘ (Matthew 15:14)
Have you ever found yourself saying, “I wish I had left that alone!” Or maybe you’ve been told, “Will you leave that alone!”
It is sometimes difficult to just let something or someone go, yet Jesus told His disciples, “Leave them alone.”
Leave them alone! What a strange response from Jesus regarding the legalistic religious leaders of His day. We don’t expect Jesus to advise us to leave them alone, so what is He saying?
There are some things that even though they are not right, they should be left alone. There are some people that can’t be helped. There are some things and people we should just leave in the hands of God.
At times we may see what is not right and we want to fix it, yet sometimes God just says, “Leave it alone!” We cannot fix everything that’s wrong.
In verse 12, it says the Pharisees were offended. We cannot fix all offense and sometimes we need to just leave it alone. This is not a call to being inactive, uncaring, unengaged, apathetic or distant. It is challenging us to accept the reality of what we cannot change and what is futile to try to change – to know what is only in God’s hand only to change. Know it and leave alone what is not ours to change.
There are things, which if we are not careful, we will find them consuming our time, energy, minds and heart, and they will frustrate and confuse us. They will drain us of vision and energy and we will achieve nothing. Jesus knew what the disciples did not – He knew what to leave alone. Do you know what to leave alone?
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at what you should leave alone.