There is great value in seeking silence and solitude in our lives. In this fast paced world it is not uncommon for most of us to miss tranquil times of quiet.
Many of us always seem to be in a rush. I do not know if you realize this or not, but Jesus used silence and solitude quite a bit during His life and ministry. He did not get away by Himself just to get away from people – instead He used silence and solitude as a means of getting closer to God and to minister more effectively to people.
He knew that He needed to maintain a close relationship with God if He wanted to be effective in His ministry. He wanted a close relationship with the Father. He wanted to hear God whisper. He wanted to hear that “still small voice” of the Father speak to Him. So, He sought solitude and silence so that He could hear God’s voice clearer.
Three Benefits of Solitude
1. We will gain greater STRENGTH from God “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psa. 34:4(NKJV) “The Lord is the savior of the upright: he is their strength in the time of trouble.” Psa. 37:39 (BBE). When times of trouble come we need as much strength as possible. Solitude – a quiet time alone with God will help strengthen you.
2. We will gain a greater TRUST in God. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Pro. 3:5 (NASV). I have found that the more time we spend with God, the more we trust Him. He has always been faithful to us – even though we have not always been faithful to Him. In every relationship, I believe a certain amount of trust is given. As a person is proven to be trustworthy – more trust is given. Spending quality time alone with God in solitude has built my faith and trust in Him.
3. We will develop a deeper RELATIONSHIP with God. Setting aside time to be alone with God – quality time with God – will deepen your relationship with Him. God has always been a God of invitation. He always invites us to get closer to Him. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa. 1:18 (NKJV) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” Matt.11:28 (MSG)