Have you ever found yourself saying, “I wish I had left that alone!”
Or maybe you have been told, “Will you leave that alone!”
It is sometimes difficult to just let something or someone go, yet Jesus told His disciples, “Let them alone.”
In Matthew 15:14 we read of Him giving this advice to His disciples: “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)
Leave them alone! What a strange response from Jesus regarding the legalistic religious leaders of His day.
We might expect Jesus to say to correct them but not advise us to leave them alone.
There are some things that even though they are not right, they should be left alone.
There are some people that can’t be helped.
There are some things and people we should just leave in the hands of God.
At times we may see what is not right and we want to fix it, yet sometimes God just says, “Leave it alone!”
We can’t fix everything that’s wrong.
In verse 12, it says the Pharisees were offended.
We can’t fix all offense and sometimes we need to just leave it alone.
This is not a call to being inactive, uncaring, unengaged, apathetic or distant.
It is challenging us to accept the reality of what we cannot change and what is futile to try to change – to know what is only in God’s hand only to change.
Know it and leave alone what is not ours to change.
There are things, which if we are not careful, we will find them consuming our time, energy, minds and heart, and they will frustrate and confuse us.
They will drain us of vision and energy and we will achieve nothing.
Jesus knew what the disciples didn’t know - He knew what to leave alone. Do you know what to leave alone?
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” -Reinhold Niebuhr
Pastor Stuart McIlwraith
Oasis Christian Church