I have been thinking about that word,” Solitude”, from the day 5 prompt of the course Photo101 from Blogging University, as I kept pondering on it, this scripture just keeps jumping at me. Psalm 46:10.
Solitude is one of the most Important spiritual disciplines. It is the ability to unhook from life’s daily stress and experience true restoration of one’s soul in God. Solitude is for being alone with God, and being alone with oneself to get in tune and in touch with the heart of the matter, and the matter of the heart.
Solitude is the creation of an open empty space in one’s life to purposely and intentionally abstain from the noisy experience of living, abstaining consciously from interactions with others s o that by being free from competing loyalties we can find ourselves in God.
I have personally found this to be true and more often than not, I practiced this art of “aloneness with God” and it has helped my growth as a spiritual person.
In repentance and rest is your salvation,In quietness and trust is your strength.
Solitude was one of the essentials of Jesus’ Rythm of Life, and all through his earthly assignment he showed us we also ought to value the practice of Solitude and Silence! Mark 6:31-32. In this scenario, we saw how Jesus and his disciples went to a solitary place because the clamoring of the people was becoming too much that they could hardly eat.
Mark 6:31-32. In this scenario, we saw how Jesus and his disciples went to a solitary place because the clamoring of the people was becoming too much that they could hardly eat. There are other bible passages that further expound on Jesus’s solitude style.
Paul, the apostle was another great man, that knew the significance of solitude and silence with God and In God. He experienced times of profound revelations from God some of which must have been received in the place of solitude.
Paul meditated in God on Nature- Romans 1:20. John the beloved was in solitude and silence for years on the Island of Patmos where he was exiled, and there received divine revelations of that which is to come.
Now, it is rather difficult to stay away for years in solitude, especially in this fast-paced world that we live in, but I believe that taking time out in the midst of busy schedule to just be quiet will help you and I a great deal.
As a Christian, I know that it is not enough to hear God speak to me from the pulpit alone, that’s why I make a conscious effort to be in solitude to seek for God and know him personally, face-to-face just like Moses experienced in the Old testament.
Sometimes it is easier said than done,but I have found that if you are alone with God in solitude you are making yourself available to what He want to say to you. You are opening yourself up for direction, a gentle nudging, or conviction of sin or an all-out life revision, which we all need from time to time to get back in balance in life and in our specific calling!
So in the words of Isaiah the prophet, let me reiterate…..
In quietness and in trust is your strength!
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