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Obstacles on the Road to Solitude

“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”

– Psalm 131:2

We talked yesterday about spending time alone with Jesus in an effort to seek healing and restoration for our hearts and souls. Today, I want to share with you a few obstacles you may face on the journey to breakthrough in this area. Once you have found a peaceful place and are sitting alone with no distractions, I need to warn you that it won’t be easy to go straight to communion with your Heavenly Father. Unfortunately, the devil is going to try and keep you from experiencing the blessing that comes through the discipline of solitude. The first challenge you will face is anxiety. As soon as you quiet your mind, you will be bombarded by thoughts of a million things you “should” or “could” be doing. If that happens, I urge you to write those things on a sheet of paper and then put them out of your mind.

The next thing you will face is boredom. This is when it’s really important to press in and not give up, because it’s the time you will be most tempted to grab your phone or find some other form of distraction. Interestingly, boredom is really just a surface emotion for the core issue, which is loneliness. You see, oftentimes when we say we’re bored, what we’re actually experiencing is the pain of being alone and not knowing what to do. Though it hurts, if you stay in that loneliness, you will ultimately find yourself pouring your heart out to God and seeking more of His presence.

Friend, when you are in your peaceful place, I encourage you to push through anxiety and boredom until you come to a place of isolation. Only there can you cry out to Jesus in desperation, and as you do, something amazing happens! As Henri Nouwen said, “Loneliness turns to solitude and you get in touch with the Holy Spirit.” Once that occurs, your heart is full and you wonder how you ever lived without such encounters. Though it requires time and discipline, the more often you seek the Lord in silence and solitude, the easier and more fruitful it becomes! Isn’t that awesome news?

Prayer


As I come to you in solitude, Jesus, I pray that you would strengthen my soul to push through anxiety and boredom so I can have a powerful encounter with you.

Reflection


What have you experienced when you’ve spent time seeking the Lord in solitude?

2 thoughts on “Obstacles on the Road to Solitude

  1. Donna Malchrist says:

    When in quiet time with the Lord.I experience feelings of anxiety because of what is happening in Venezuela and its people who are suffering greatly under the cruel and
    in humane regime of Nicolas Maduro. It brings a lot of worry and heaviness to my heart.And also with the ever growing threat of terrorism still in our World due to the
    Radical Islamic groups such as Isis and Al Quida.I also worry about gun violence in schools and in places of worship. And also about some weirdo who might try to kill our elected leaders.I worry about the health of me and my sister.I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of reaching the lost and hurting with the healing messages of God. And also to Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family. Love and prayers to them. And to the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra along with the Voices of Hope Children’sChoir for the glorious music and singing.As always I remain your faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ. I continually give thanks to God for my rock solid faith. Love and peace to all.PS The Lord is my shepherd. In him I lack nothing

    1. amylindow says:

      Thanks for sharing your heart, Donna! As always, we appreciate your support and prayers. Have a blessed week.

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