January 31 - Day 6
Read Luke 22:39-46
There are many studies today to show that everyone in the Western world has less solitude. If you look around it’s pretty clear. There is so little time in which we are “unplugged” from music, cell phones, television, or conversation. Plus, due to the rampant growth of social media, the use of the internet, and other various devices it’s hard to find solitude. So what is solitude? Is it necessary? Is it biblical?
Solitude is “the state of being alone or cut off from all human contact.” In Luke 22:41, Luke says that Jesus "withdrew from them (the disciples) about a stone's throw." This distance would have been enough to be alone but close enough for the disciples to hear him. The point here is that solitude is more of a state of mind and heart than it is a place. Certainly this is true, but what I’ve found is that I have to be very intentional with finding a place where my mind and heart can reach that state of solitude. For me, one reason I enjoy hunting and the outdoors so much is I always find my place of solitude there. I’m less distracted and can really focus on hearing from the Lord. We can see in Scripture many times where it was important to Jesus to withdraw to a solitary place. To name a few examples: forty days in the dessert before beginning His ministry, before He chose the twelve, after the feeding of the 5,000, and of course as He prepared for His highest and most holy work, Jesus sought the solitude of the garden of Gethsemane.
As we prepare our hearts for these weeks ahead in our Pray 40 series let's take the time to slow down, find our place of solitude, unplug, and prepare our hearts to grow closer to Jesus. James 4:8
By Daniel NeSmith