Matthew 8:34 (NIV)
Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
Sometimes it's the little things that make us uncomfortable with God's presence.
Have you ever really thought about pigs? Hog are unusual animals. They can be funny, mean, and dangerous all in a matter of moments. Some people make a living raising hogs. For some, it was simply a hobby. As with most pets we can enjoyed their antics and sometimes get exercise repairing what they destroy.
Jesus encountered a group of people to whom pigs were more important. "Entering the country of the Gadarenes, he met two demon possessed men. As he healed the men, the demons pleaded to be sent into nearby swine. Jesus obliged, and the pigs ran wildly over a steep bank and drowned in the sea. Instead of rejoicing over the healing, the townspeople invited him to leave. Pigs were more important. Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone." Matthew 8:34
When pigs are more important, it reveals our priorities need attention and more than likely rearranging. Priorities in the right order don't just happen. Time and energy are involved.
Change is never comfortable. God's plan for us often interferes and clashes with the sketch we have for us. However, His is always superior. We can ask him to leave my area just as the townspeople did, but I'll never know the peace of freedom if I do.
Have you asked Jesus to leave an area of your life because you like the pigs better?
Dear Lord, we ask You to cleanse us from all things that hinder us from realizing Your perfect plan for us. Help us not put the pigs as the most important thing of our life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.