“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.” (Matthew 6:6; The Message)
“But when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret…”
It is good for man to be alone with God.
We all have hard times. We struggle, we fight. Problems come into our lives and we start to panic. We get stressed out and angry. We become lost and we feel that life is over or that there is nothing we can do. We let the pain of the day and of our lives wash over us. And we forget God.
We forget His mercy and kindness. We forget His love.
Jeremiah, the great prophet, had faced a terrible ordeal. He was struggling. He needed God. But it seemed that God was against him. He thought that life was over and that God was a lost cause.
But he remembered God and His mercies. He remembered that God is always there, and no matter what happened, Jeremiah was going to stick with Him, because God was all that he had left (Lamentations 3:1-24).
We all fight through hard times: we lose our jobs, a loved one passed away, we go bankrupt or the IRS comes after us. Or, what’s worse, is a sin, a past crime, comes back to haunt us and we are force to pay the piper, so to speak. We are forced to face the consequences of our actions. Trouble comes to us all, in some shape or form. But, we have hope.
God is there. In the verse above, Jesus tells His disciples to go into their closets when they pray. They are told to go into an inner room, where no one is around, and be alone with God. There is a reason for this: Jesus does not want us to be like the hypocrites who pray publicly for honor from man, but so that we have honor from God. But there is another reason: there are times in our lives when we need to be alone with God.
Jeremiah gives us this piece of advice: “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: wait for hope to appear.” (Lamentations 3:28-29; The Message).
I rather like that advice. When we are having a hard time in life, we should go to God alone. We should enter the silence and be with Him. Don’t attack with questions. Don’t challenge. Just be.
It is very important for us to spend time with God alone. If you search the Gospels, you will find plenty of accounts of Jesus taking the time to be away from the crowds to be alone with His Father, and Jesus is God. We, as sinful humans, should also be willing to take time to be alone with God.
Take the time, my friends. Be alone with Him, especially when life is tough. Sit with Him and let things be and wait.
“But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” (Isaiah 40:31; The Message).
Have a great day!