Come apart, or fall apart!
It’s going to be one or the other. Notice what the Lord said to the disciples when they came and told Him of the death of John the Baptist, and all the things they had been doing in active service for Him. “Come ye yourselves apart … and rest a while” (Matthew 6:31). He knew that there was a need for quiet and refreshment in His presence. When you read the rest of the chapter, you realize that it did not last very long. Very soon, we find these twelve men distributing food to thousands of people under the direction of the Master. He knew what was ahead, and He knew it was vital that they have a short time to “come apart” in order to equip them for the task at hand.
We need these “come apart” times as well. We can only be strong in the Lord and effective in our service for Him as we spend quiet, restful moments in His company. There is much to do, and many opportunities for Christian service. The times when we “come apart” may not last long, but they need to be frequent. The Lord, in His pathway of service as man, understood this need. That’s why, “He withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed” (Luke 5:16).