Re:Verse reading–Luke 4:14-30 (day three)
“All spoke well of him.” Jesus will eventually warn people that the “yea-sayers” pose a particular kind of danger to the human soul. We’ll gravitate toward those who give us good press, and pretty soon, we’re not loving people, just using them to prop up our self-regard. Jesus remained unfazed by the initial rave reviews. How did he do that? Well, it’s not insignificant that immediately prior to his visit to Galilee, he spent an extended time away in solitude. The Bible indicates that Jesus often did this. Jesus understood that one must be able to live alone if one is going to live with others. In these times of separation, he could listen for neither supporters nor detractors, but only for the voice of God. And then he would return to the presence of people in love and discernment.