Push or Pull Back

She decided to back off a little and see if that helped.

John 11:45-57

Reference: “Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.” ‭‭John‬ ‭11:54‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: A girlfriend of mine was feeling a lot of tension between her and a colleague. She had tried to address the issue directly but it only seemed to make matters worse.

She decided to back off a little and see if that helped. She was able to rearrange some things at work, without making them obvious, which allowed her colleague some extra space.

This not only alleviated the tension but also gave both people the time they needed to get a better perspective on their personal feelings.

Application: There are times when it would be great to have divine intervention. But there are many situations where we can just use the wisdom God has given to us.

When Jesus’ life was threatened He changed His location for a set period of time. This allowed Him to spend time with His disciples.

Jesus didn’t hide away forever, and *spoiler alert* He was still caught in the end! But He was wise enough to know when to push and when to pull back.

Pray, seek guidance and also use the wisdom God gives to us all.

Prayer: Lord, give us Your wisdom so that acting in a Godly way comes naturally to us. Amen.

When have you used wisdom to deal with a situation?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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