Solitude can be an unrelenting place of loneliness for a great number of people. For some, it has no purpose; for others, purpose may not be discovered without it.
Its enormous value is often grossly underrated and sadly unappreciated. Its hidden worth is often overshadowed by society’s subtle assumption that solitude must surely be accompanied by loneliness and abandonment. On the contrary, solitude can be rewarding–even refreshing.
SOLITUDE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD!
God invites us to spend time with Him alone – away from distractions and stressors. He desires to commune with us regularly and individually.
Time alone with Him affords us the opportunity to read and study His Word (for direction, admonition, and instruction), the opportunity to intercede for others, and the opportunity to give thanks for His many blessings and His sustaining strength. All of the opportunities aforementioned, when fully engulfed, will lead to spiritual growth and will strengthen our relationship with the Father.
We have assurance that God will speak to us through His Word, if we take the time to seek Him in the stillness of tranquil moments. At the dawn of a busy day and at dusk of an overwhelming day are just a few instances where we need time alone with God. Amid utter chaos we are free to ask Him for wisdom, direction, and resolve.
Although He does not force us to meet with Him regularly, He allows situations and circumstances to impact us so that we inevitably draw nearer to Him. When these conditions arise, we can find our source of strength and our hiding place in Christ. Habitual fellowship with the Father ensures us that when trouble surfaces and prudent direction is warranted, our foremost plan of action will come directly from His Word.
Solitude need not imply loneliness and abandonment. When it is approached as a precious and sacred time of communion with the Lord, we not only look forward to it, we create it.