The Habit of Solitude: Rest for the Weary
“Come to me, all you are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Solitude can be difficult habit to put into practice. Our modern society, with its busyness and constant communications, makes solitude something that is almost impossible for many of us to incorporate into our lives. Yet, as the world spins faster and faster, we need a way to connect with God and to refresh our souls, and this is just what solitude can do for us.
We all need periods of solitude where we can get away from life’s pressures to commune with God and to listen to His voice. Jesus modeled for us the spiritual discipline of solitude as an essential habit for spiritual renewal. The frequent periods where He spent time alone with God empowered Him to resist Satan’s temptations, and it focused and prepared Him for His ministry and mission.
Just as the human body is replenished through sleep, food, and water, our soul is often best replenished through times of solitude where we can be alone, all by ourselves, to pray, meditate and worship our Heavenly Father. Spending time alone with God enables us to regain a proper perspective on life and it renews us for the challenges that we face as we seek to become a servant leader who leads like Jesus. If we want to lead like Jesus, we must live like Jesus and do as He did. Jesus practiced the habit of solitude.
When was the last time that you spent a significant amount of time in solitude where you just sat or walked quietly in God’s presence and listened to His voice? If it has been awhile, won’t you clear some time off of your schedule and spend some time alone with Him today?
Written by Fred Waggoner