Going Without Jesus


Going Without Jesus

“…they were unaware of it.” Luke 2:43

Mary and Joseph traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. Jesus was 12 years old. They were evidently very distracted by the excitement and business of the Feast. In fact, Mary and Joseph began their return trip to Nazareth only to realize well into the trip that Jesus was not with them. It would be three days before they would be reunited with their 12-year-old son. It caused quite a scare in Mary and Joseph, and they reprimanded Jesus for “wandering” off.

As a parent, I find this story truly amazing. How can parents of the Son of God not know their son is not in their presence? Yet this story illustrates how each of us can become so busy that we continue to operate not realizing that Jesus is no longer with us. Obviously, there was very little fellowship taking place between Jesus and His parents during the trip.

Are you experiencing daily, even moment-by-moment, fellowship with Jesus? If not, you will wake up one day and realize Jesus is not with you in your endeavors. It may, like Mary and Joseph, create a certain fear in you that you may have lost a very important relationship. Doing business without Jesus’ presence leaves us powerless and prone to live in fear. Jesus said He would never leave or forsake His children. However, we can walk away from His fellowship by refusing to be with Him. Do not let this happen to you. He longs to have daily fellowship with you because He loves you.


  • Rick Stamm

    Just wanted to share a word of encouragement to both Os and Pamela.

    Each of you once willingly shared both your time and that power packed daily TGIF devotional with us when we first met you both out in Haleiwa. Little did I know then that even such a chance meeting was not chance at all but more evidence of the hand of God daily directing the ebb and flow of our lives. While I must confess I’ve not been so diligent to read it each and every day, I do diligently set aside quiet times throughout my week for this devotional to both catch up and even read ahead prayerfully preparing my heart for those in my life that might need such truth in their lives. Often I find a particular daily devotion applicable in both my life and those of friends and loved ones near and far. When I feel His Spirit prompting, I willingly share it with each. Having these same daily devotional thoughts appear in my Facebook feed has additionally been a more efficient way to share such wisdom and truths especially with those afar.

    One never knows the impact a shared seed may have in the lives of those we encounter. Truly know that much fruit continues to come forth from your faith-filled efforts and many are being blessed abundantly by those you’ve helped prune along your way.

    Shabbat shalom,

    Rick & Linda Stamm

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