There are some that just can’t stand it…being alone. They must have someone on the phone, hearing a voice on television, or being with someone. When alone, we are forced to think of our lives, our needs, our successes or failures, and our status. If those categories are not what we had desired from life, then we can grow depressed. Being with people changes the focus from our situation to that of others that appear to have it “all together”.
While being alone “always” is not a good thing, times of being alone can be quiet healthy and productive. In fact, in the spiritual realm, God most often speaks clearly to us when we are not distracted by other people, life’s events, or the hubbub of public places. It was in the “alone” times that Jesus imparted great truths to the disciples. Mark 4:34 – And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples. Jesus often rose early in the morning or sought out desolate places so that He could be alone with God. Matthew 14:23 – And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
And, it was also in some of those “alone” times that God did mighty things in the lives of those that sought Him. Consider these times when God invaded alone times or “lonely times” to speak clearly to His servants…..
It is in the hours of loneliness that God does some of His greatest works.
It was in the lonely dejection of Elijah that he heard God’s voice.
It was in the wearying lonely path of faith that God came again to Abraham.
It was in the lonely hours following failure that Peter found God.
It was in the lonely midnight hours that Jacob had his wrestling match with God.
It was in the loneliness of the mountain that Moses would get the Law from God.
It was in the loneliness of her barrenness that Hannah prevailed.
It was in the loneliness of her burden that forced Esther to approach Ahaserus.
It was in loneliness that Daniel received his great vision from God.
It was in the loneliness of the pit that Jeremiah found a renewed burden for the people.
It was in the loneliness of the pit and prison that Joseph felt God continuing to forecast his dreams.
It was in the loneliness of prayer at Gethsemane that the Lord labored, just a stone’s cast away from the disciples but it may as well have been a million miles that separated them. Loneliness marked Mary in Bethlehem’s stable. Loneliness marked her again as she stood at Golgotha. (Copied).
What we see as a painful time of solitude, God may have purposed an “appointment” to meet with us privately. After all, He alone knows His plans for us….To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:25.