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Alone with God

01/30/2016
By Pastor Alan Davis

Living above 4700′ with the nearest state road being two miles from our cabin it goes without saying that I have spent some time digging out of this latest winter storm. Even with the aid of a four wheel drive tractor it makes for some long hours trying to get the road passable. Those long hours spent alone out in the middle of God’s solitude and nature are times though that I cherish. They are times that allow me to think and dwell on the deep subjects of theology, to talk in the quiet of His creation to the God of all the universe. It is times like this that God brings a stillness to my soul and a sense of peace to my spirit.

As the Lord Jesus walked this earth in His ministry here among men He too sought the solitude of His creation and alone time with the Father. Jesus intentionally came apart from the crowds, the hustle and bustle of the market place and found places to be alone with the Father and to be re-energized to continue ministry. In in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 14 we see Jesus has been busy with ministry and teaching among the crowds and the Disciples. Then in verse 23 we read something that may seem unusual in our days of multitasking and working from home into the wee hours. There the Scriptures tell us “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” Jesus “sent” the crowd away! He pulled himself “apart” from the people and intentionally got alone with the Father, alone. If our Lord, who is God in the flesh, perfect in every way, needed to stop and get alone with the Father and pray, then how much more do we, who are imperfect children with no claim to deity, need to get alone with the Father?

In the hustle and bustle of this busy world, in the hectic day to day modern schedule we all have, we need to plan and intentionally have times to re-energize with our heavenly Father. There we will find peace for our weary spirits and a sense of rest for our souls that cannot be found even in the good hustle of ministry. As the old preacher Vance Havnor once said, “you better come apart to be with God before you fly apart”. Find rest and peace for your spirit and soul in quiet times with the Father.

 Sola Scriptura,
Pastor Alan Davis
Woodland Baptist Church
1/30/2016
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