Streams in The Desert

Mark 6:46

Christ Jesus, in his humanity, felt the need of complete solitude—to be entirely by himself, alone with himself. Each of us knows how draining constant interchange with others can be and how it exhausts our energy. As part of humankind, Jesus knew this and felt the need to be by himself in order to regain his strength. Solitude was also important to him in order to fully realize his high calling, his human weakness and his total dependence on his Father.

As a child of God, how much more do we need times of complete solitude—times to deal with the spiritual realities of life and to be alone with God the Father. If there was ever anyone who could dispense with special times of solitude and fellowship, it was our Lord. Yet even he could not maintain his full strength and power for his work and his fellowship with the Father without his quiet time. God desires that every servant of his would understand and perform this blessed practice, that his church would know how to train its children to recognize this high and holy privilege, and that every believer would realize the importance of making time for God alone.

Oh, the thought of having God all alone to myself and knowing that God has me all alone to himself!

~ Andrew Murray ~

If you were the only person remaining in the universe, your every thought would be, “God and I … ! God and I … !” And yet he is already as close to you as that. He is as near as if no heart but his and yours ever beat throughout the boundlessness of space.

O my soul, practice that solitude! Practice dismissing the crowd! Practice the stillness of your heart! Practice the majestic song “God and I! God and I!” Let no one come between you and your wrestling angel! You will receive conviction yet pardon, when you meet Jesus alone!

~ George Matheson ~

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