Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources. (Luke 8:1-3, NAB)
Mary Magdalene was a single woman of means. We do not know how, but she had made a good life for herself. However, she was not fulfilled. There was an emptiness inside of her created by unidentified demons. She was a lonely, empty woman when Jesus came into her life. Then her life changed forever.
Sometimes I let my demons, like overeating, anger, and selfishness to name a few, take me away from God. I refuse to turn to God to fill the emptiness inside of me. God waits patiently for me to come to my senses and turn back to Him. And when He fills the emptiness in me I realize how short those other demons fall of filling me. God is the ultimate satisfaction.
Read and Ponder: Luke 8:2
The Bible says Mary Magdalene was possessed by demons and Jesus healed her by chasing the demons out. When Jesus did this, He filled the empty space in her with God’s love. We do not know what kind of pain and emptiness Mary felt, but as women, we can relate to it. Many of us feel as if something is missing from our lives. We throw ourselves wholeheartedly into anything to fill the emptiness that only God can fill.
Questions to Ponder:
- Do I have an emptiness I try to fill with relationships and things of the world?
- Are my demons really filling the emptiness?
Lord Jesus, I am not worthy of your love and compassion. I thank you for all you have given to me and I offer it up to you in glory and praise of you and your father. Let me be like Mary Magdalene and love you with all that is I. Let me find in you what I cannot find in things of this world. Let me live as one of yours for all eternity. Amen
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