- “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
- “Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” (John 6:15)
- “Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him.” (Lamentations 3:28)
Disclaimer: I am an extrovert (German extravertiert, from the prefix extra- “outside, beyond” plus Latin vertere “to turn”. Its opposite is introvert, which means shy or turned inward.). I constantly turn outward, My whole life I have gotten energy turning outward, gaining energy from activity and being around other people. As a child I was labled hyperactive, as an adult restless and intense (not always as a complement), So solitude is NOT my chosen path for anything.
Solitude is being alone with God. It is being silent to hear God. It has this very troubling component for me (and others) that requires us “to do nothing”. Nothing! What is that? Every facet of our lives, including love, seems to focus on being productive. And then this other words screams out – INTIMACY. Intimacy specifically with Jesus.
Solitude, Silence and Intimacy require that we unhook from daily responsibilities, our agendas and even the people we interact with and love, to include separating from our families. It is a time when we do not try to make anything happen- we just bring our bare, defenseless selves to the Lord to be with Him.
We are to create an open, empty space, without other people, without background music, with no competition of agenda, time, distractions, perceptions and loyalties.
It is to be a time where God is sufficient. Preparing/building “the way” requires us as Kingdom to be constantly vigilant and use all the skills we have addressed this past month, but none more so than time alone with God.
Training- Solitude maybe one of the toughest challenges for many of us, it is for me. We need to be intentional and move from lip service saying that “God is everything to us, he satisfies all our needs”; and yet we truly never give Him even 30 seconds of unaltered space in our lives. This is going to need to become a daily training item- that prayer time in the morning, is going to have to be altered and a period of nothing become a habit. You need to go on a retreat, and spend hours doing nothing but seeking solitude and silence with Jesus.
This coming month we will talk about “Giants of the Faith and models for us as Kingdom Men preparing the way; Joshua, David, John the baptist, Jesus and Paul – all practiced solitude.
Solitude will be part of the Joshua Commission training at Gettysburg, We build in periods of solitude to reflect and seek Jesus. This is one of the toughest yet powerful spiritual battle tools we will train with. For more information please go to https://joshuacommission.org/2019-gettysburg-training/