Solitude

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When you read the word solitude, what images come to mind?

Did you think of Psalm 23:1-3, like I did? 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3     He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

I love these verses: “He makes me lie down in green pastures.”  Sometimes the Lord allows us to go through difficult times so that we must rest in Him. “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.”  This is why we all need solitude. God tells us to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). He will restore our souls.

Solitude is the state of being alone, usually in silence, with God to pray, meditate on His Word, and to simply enjoy being with our Father. Some may refer to this as their quiet time with God. 

Lamentations tells us in 3:25-28, “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him.”

Let’s look at two examples from the Bible of those who sought solitude:

“Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the ‘tent of meeting’… The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.” (Exodus 33:7, 11). I would not want to leave either if I could speak face to face with the Lord! 

“[Elijah] went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him… a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:9, 12). Have you sat outside on a warm summer day and had the wind gently flow over you? Perhaps, that was the Lord’s gentle whisper to you. Were you listening to Him?

Have you been alone, in silence, focusing on hearing your Heavenly Father?  He is longing for us to sit quietly with Him to be restored. Are you anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, sad, or concerned?

Here are some tools for us: Find somewhere quiet to go to and pray. Thank Him for a blessing and then tell Him your concerns. He wants to hear from you. Thank Him for listening and loving you. Then, open your Bible to Psalms and read a few verses. Journal what He may be saying to you.

Be renewed and encouraged. 

Dear Lord, Thank you for your loving kindness and your gentle whispers. May our ears be open to your guidance and our hearts tender towards You. In Your precious Son’s name, Jesus, Amen!

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