In the Bible it talks about where you go, I will go and that is all well and good, but I can see also why Jesus would go up to mountains to be alone. He was constantly being followed by a crowd and needed to get away.
One thing I find interesting though is he never gets frustrated with the followers because that what He wants. It is said many times in the Gospels that when He sees the crowd, He has compassion for them.
To leave and follow is what we are to do.
Ruth 1:16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
Redemption is the central theme of Ruth’s story. The young widow’s unwavering commitment to follow Naomi provides a beautiful depiction of Christian conversion. With her words, “Wherever you go, I will go,” Ruth made a definitive separation from her past way of life. Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ likewise involves a pivotal decision and breaking away from the past.
Would you or are you willing to up and leave everything you know and do to follow? The Disciples all did it. Hundreds of people who followed Jesus did it for a while. Jesus fed thousands and thousands of them multiple times because they literally just got up and followed Him. They wanted to hear all He had to say so they just went.
Genesis 28:15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything, I have promised you.”
This verse is a source of comfort and encouragement since it reminds us God is always in control. No matter what the circumstances are, God ultimately is behind all outcomes. Worrying like Jacob is often futile as larger forces that only God can influence are at work. When we have faith in God that things will work out for the best, we find unparalleled peace of mind.
God calls us to go and follow Him whole heartedly, but we also need to remember that God is ALWAYS with us as well.