This verse jumped out at me as I read through Mark 5 this week. I have been seeking more of God's presence, and here were crowds of people pleading with him to go away and leave them alone. It is easy to have a sense of righteous indignation when you can't possibly be in that situation. I immediately thought "How could they?"
God quickly reminded me of times in my own life, where I also wanted Him to leave me alone.
- Times when I was choosing to watch something that He had already showed me was inappropriate.
- Times when I chose to have a drink, even after I had decided to set that down for Him years before.
- Times when I spoke words out of anger, hurt, or just bad attitude.
- Times when I pushed an argument with someone I love, just because I needed to be right.
- Times when I wanted to stay in my own self-pity so I hung on longer than I should have to negative thoughts and feelings.
- Times when He woke me up early to spend time with Him, and I went back to sleep.
- Times when He would prompt me to say something to someone, do something, or go somewhere and I ignored it.
- Times when He convicted me of something, and I did it anyway.