There is a common fear shared by many today. That fear – being alone. We are social creatures. We desire, if not crave, interaction with others. It is the reason social media has such a dominant presence in our world today. No one wants to feel as if they are without the support, love, and the companionship of others. I can remember times in my life when I felt completely alone. Growing up, we moved around frequently. Prior to the seventh grade, I had attended 13 different schools. I was always the new kid in class. My earliest memory of being alone was standing in front of a classroom full of students who had known each other for years, as the teacher had me stand at the front of class. I can remember hearing that very familiar statement, “Class, I would like to introduce you to our new student.” All alone.
Although being alone is not the preferred choice of many, there are times when it is an absolute necessity. We live in a fast-paced world. Often our jobs require us to spend a lot of time on the phone, attending meetings, sitting in front of a computer, and traveling. Often our family responsibilities require us to attend school functions, sporting events, and spend many hours helping with homework. It is even possible to get so wrapped up in our church responsibilities that we miss the One we’re serving. It is extremely difficult to hear from God in the middle of all this activity. We must intentionally carve time out of our schedules and get alone with the Creator of the universe. Significant things happen when we get alone with God. We find this modeled for us in Scripture.
In Exodus 1, alone with God, the Hebrew midwives risked their lives by listening to God’s command to spare all male children, one of whom was Moses.
In Lamentations, Jeremiah, alone with God, pleaded for the salvation of an entire nation.
In Nehemiah 1, alone with God, the burden to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem was birthed in Nehemiah’s heart.
In Daniel 2, alone with God, the meaning of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was revealed.
Alone with God, in prison, Paul wrote his letters to the churches at Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, and to Philemon encouraging them to hold fast to Jesus Christ despite all opposition.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, alone with God, Jesus prayed the cup of suffering would pass if it were the Father’s will. It was not. Jesus went to the cross and died for the sins of mankind.
In Revelation, alone with God on the island of Patmos, John received a vivid and terrifying vision from Christ Himself detailing the execution of God’s judgment.
Being alone with God is an individual choice. It is a passion we choose to pursue. It is in the alone times we experience true intimacy with God. Alone with God, we lift our petitions to Him in with a certainty that He will hear. Alone with God, we see His Word come alive in our careful and determined study. Alone with God, the plans and purposes He has for us are revealed as He speaks to our hearts. Alone with God, we feel the conviction of the sin that has grieved His heart. Alone with God, we feel the calm assurance that, regardless of outside conditions, He has control of the inside. Alone with God, our spirits are refreshed and encouraged. I can’t think of a better place for the child of God to be.