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Conditions in our lives, Solitude
Does the Bible say anything about the value of solitude?
Solitude is the state of being alone, and is often considered as one of the traditional spiritual disciplines. Many times it is linked to silence. Solitude in the Bible means to be alone with God, to pray, to meditate on His Word, and to simply enjoy His awesome Presence. Solitude is a way to distance yourself from the disruptions of the world, be aware of the interior of your heart, and hear God speak. Being alone can also be used as a time of rest and refreshment.
The Bible certainly supports the value of solitude. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (KJV) . . . It is much easier to “be still” in solitude.
Lamentations 3:25-28 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. 28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. (KJV) . . . The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in Him, and for that reason, it is far better for us to wait in patience for Him to do His will in our lives. The earlier we learn patience, the better! Any time that we suffer, we should sit silently alone in patience, waiting for His loving goodness that is sure to come to us in His own time. Patience is the key.
The Lord Jesus had times of solitude in His life on Earth, so it would be wise for us to do the same.
Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. (KJV)
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (KJV)
Mark 6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. (KJV)
Luke 5:15-16 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. (KJV)
Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (KJV)
John 6:15-17 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. 16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, 17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. (KJV)
Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. (KJV)
Mark 14:32-35 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. (KJV)
Luke 22:39-46 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. (KJV)
John 18:1-11 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. 6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. 7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: 9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. 10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? (KJV)
The great man of God, the apostle Paul, also had times of solitude in His life on Earth.
Galatians 1:15-17 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. (KJV) . . . Paul was transformed that day on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). He immediately had a time of solitude. Acts 9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. (KJV)
I believe that Paul also had times of loneliness, but he NEVER backed away from faith in the Lord Jesus. Faith cannot grow without trials. If our faith is to increase, then we must go through times of trials and tribulations. Our faith CANNOT increase without problems, trials and hardships. When we ask God to increase our faith (Luke 17:5), we are asking for increased burdens. Is that wise? Yes my friend, it is, IF you are a TRUE child of God! It is the increased burden that empowers us to carry the heavier burden that may come. Unshakable and firm faith comes when our faith is shaken.
I would say that most problems in our life are often blessings in disguise. We must learn to look at them from this spiritual viewpoint. The bigger the burden, the more faith is required to hang-in-there. It takes faith to continue living for God when things turn for the worse in our life.
When we exercise our faith (the trial of it), it will make us more mature and stable in the Lord . . . IF we are patient and do not give up. There will be times our faith may falter for a while, but the righteous man who falleth seven times rises up again (Pro.24:16). There are NO Christians anywhere who are constantly steadfast all the time. Like the saying goes, if a horse bucks you off, get up, get back on!
The Bible teaches that the trials and tribulations in our life are more valuable than gold.
1 Pet.1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (KJV) . . . Our faith is much more precious than gold, according to the Bible!
We all have 24 hours in a day. It is the decisions that we make on a daily basis that defines our life. A man is not defined by what he is, but by what he does. Do you spend quiet time with the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you set aside a time of solitude, where you shut out the chaotic world, and seek the comforting quietness of the Presence of God? If not, why not?
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