“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.”

{Matthew 14:23 NKJV}


“Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt In solitude, where we are least alone.”

~Lord Byron

JESUS had just gotten the news that John the Baptist had been killed. The way the Scripture reads…this was very distressing news to JESUS, because HE immediately went off by HIMSELF, finding solitude in a desert place. I imagine HE poured out HIS heart to GOD, in HIS sorrow, and sought to be refreshed so that HE could continue HIS work. HE didn’t go to this lonely place to be alone, HE went there to find the company of HIS Father

Not long after, the Bible tells us that a multitude of people followed HIM, and HE went back about the work of the FATHER…ministering to over 5,000 people…healing their sick and even providing a meal for ALL of them.

WOW! I can’t even imagine the kind of energy it took to put aside that sorrow and give all these people what they needed. It must have taken a lot out of him, because when HE had finished ministering to them, JESUS once again sought solitude…the Bible tells us HE went to pray.

We can see that HIS solitude was not so that HE could be alone, but rather, so HE could spend time with the FATHER.

There is a big difference between aloneness and solitude.


Have there been times when you feel like life is just gotten to be overwhelming?

I can almost see the wheels turning in your head, as you reflect on your life…sifting through all your experiences and evaluating the affect they had on a situation.

What do you do when life gets overwhelming? Do you “go it alone” or do you spend time in solitude, seeking the FATHER?

JESUS spent time in solitude, praying… and as Christians, we should follow the example HE gave us. We need to get away…not to be alone…but to fellowship with the FATHER…to seek a renewing of our Spirit…or just spend time talking to HIM and praising HIM for who HE is.

“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”

{1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV}

Gaining strength though our fellowship…   

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

{1 John 1:3 KJV}


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