The Value Of Solitude

The Value Of Solitude

But Jesus would often go to some place where he could be alone and pray – Luke 5:16, CEV.

The Bible says that Jesus would often withdraw Himself to a lone place, and He did this habitually. The reason given by Scripture is that He withdrew to go spend time with GOD, hence He would then say, “I only do what I see my Father does”. I believe the “seeing” happened in the wildernesses where He met with His Father. Scripturally, isolation is an important practice.

“Alone time” with GOD can permit Him to examine us. It very well may be a period of knowing GOD all the more profoundly, a period of reinforcing, a period of refreshment, a period of offering our most profound worries to GOD, and a period of basically being with the Person who made us and loves us outside our ability to comprehend. 

Another advantage of intermittent occasions of isolation is that such occasions permit us to pull ourselves together on what is genuinely significant. It is acceptable, once in a while, to “come away”; we need time spent away from others, away from our daily distractions, away from the everyday routine. We don’t need the “stresses of this life” to choke out the Word (Mark 4:19).

Or maybe we need to invest energy with Jesus and just like Mary who chose to sit on His feet. This has been really speaking to me since the period of the nation’s lockdown started. It has compelled me to block out everything else and focus on GOD and I am enjoying every moment of it. I hope we are using this time out to the best of our ability, to re-group and that by the time this is all over, we will come back all fired up for GOD. 

‘Alone time’ with GOD may very well be a period of knowing Him all the more profoundly

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