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The Solitude of Jesus

“When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.”

– Matthew 14:13

Yesterday, we talked about the importance of having good habits in our lives, and we affirmed that how we use our time determines the course of our future. For the next few days, I want to dive into this topic further and examine three regular disciplines of Jesus that we can apply today. First of all, our Lord had a practice of solitude. Withdrawing to a place of peace and quiet seemed to be a top priority for Him, especially following a public outpouring on His part. After His baptism and commission to ministry, the Holy Spirit led Him to the wilderness where He lived forty days and forty nights without food or water. This was a season of immense spiritual testing and strengthening, as He dealt with fleshly appetites and a blatant attack by Satan. However, as He drew upon the fullness of the Kingdom of God, He came forth even stronger than before. In other instances, He sought solitude prior to calling His disciples, when He was grieving the death of His friend John the Baptist, and after feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes. It seems that whenever He needed extra strength, Jesus found peace and quiet so He could be refreshed. Likewise, we are wise to make solitude a regular practice in our lives. The world is loud, and there are thousands of voices vying for our attention. To stay in sync with the Holy Spirit, it’s imperative to consistently unplug and listen to His voice.

My friend, as you focus on cultivating Christlike habits, make sure that solitude is on your schedule. While it sounds strange to be so intentional about finding peace and quiet, doing so is one of the best ways to care for your soul. It’s healing to sit in silence and invite your Savior to speak to you, whether through His Word, in nature, or by the gentle whispers of His voice. Life-changing calls are revealed in moments of stillness, so be sure to withdraw from the crowd, slow down, and let the Lord minister to your mind, body, and spirit.

Prayer


Jesus, help me to form a habit of solitude. Impress upon my heart the importance of quiet times, and meet me in peaceful moments.

Reflection


How can you work solitude into your schedule?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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