Am I spending regular quiet time in solitude with God?
31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
INSIGHT: We can see that Jesus places a priority on rest and quiet time with Him, even over being able to help more people. Jesus regularly got away from the ministry work, to pray and spend time in solitude with His Father. Are you? This is what people desperately need today, not more church activities or sermons, connection groups, or service projects, but a returning to our first love through simple alone time spent with Him! My time alone with God is the most important time in my life. I protect it diligently from distraction. I would not have made it through my valley of the shadow of death without it. I really found God through hours of morning daily Bible study, and walking for four years in the woods in prayer. I enter the trailhead saying, “I’m here Daddy…please meet me here.” I have grown way more in the Lord, outside the institution of the church than I ever did inside of it. I have had unforgettable mountain top experiences with Him. One time, His presence was so strong that I had to hold myself up with my hands on my knees. There have been a few other times when I thought the heavens would break open and an angel, or the Lord himself, might show up on the trail. However, most of the time, it’s nothing spectacular, but just sweet fellowship with the Spirit. Sometimes, I’ve even left feeling disappointed, and like He was distant, but I continued in faith, not by feeling. I was delighted when I read this quote from the great Reformer Jonathan Edwards, knowing I wasn’t the only one who went to the woods to spend time with God.
I spent most of my time in thinking of divine things, year after year; often walking alone in the woods, and solitary places, for meditation, soliloquy, and prayer, and converse with God.
How would you feel if your spouse, or boyfriend/girlfriend, didn’t want to spend alone time with you, but instead they always needed to have other people around? That would make me feel sad and unimportant in the relationship. How must God feel when one of His children admitted to me, “Michael, God alone, is just not enough for me right now…I need someone else.”
Or, how does he feel when He never gets to spend just one on one time with you? Please start doing this; find a special place or room. No matter how weird it may feel at first, this will change your life and walk with Christ. Step into it in faith and put a regular time and place on your schedule to do nothing but go spend time alone with Him. This is not Bible study time, but you can take your favorite verses or promises if it helps you. Just go show up, and He will be found by you if you are diligent (Deu 4:29, Ps 119:58 Jer 29:13). Go in faith my friend…yes, I tell you, go and keep going until you find Him. Go find Him and when you find Him, never let go!