A Solitary Place
~ Choose the Good Portion – Week Four ~
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
~ Mark 1:35 (NKJV) ~
Last week we discussed that being at Jesus’ feet can be done anywhere, at any time, in any circumstance. As much as we’ve been taught about quiet time and that being alone with God is important, God is also in the moments with our families and friends. In fact, He’s in every moment of our day. We just have to remember His presence and allow Him to be a part of our day with our people.
That being said, let’s look at what was supposed to be last week’s post and remember the importance of getting alone with God.
Did you know that Jesus calls us friend? If not, or you need a reminder, let’s take a look at one of my favorite verses in the Bible, John 15:15…
“No longer do I call you servants…but I have called you friends…”
There is more to this verse, hence the “dot, dot, dots”, and we’ll touch on those in a bit, but first can we just take a moment and feel the exquisiteness of being called Jesus’ friend? I LOVE this so much! Guys, this is a universal truth, that everyone wants to be loved and belong. If you feel less than, unloved, shut out, or alone, you have a friend and His name is Jesus!
And what does any friendship need in order to grow closer to one another? Time alone with each other. It’s in the moments when we are alone, not surrounded by others and distraction, that we feel free to share our deepest heart stories.
Jesus exemplified moments alone with God in scripture in the opening verse, Mark 1:35, and others like this…
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, – Matthew 14:23
Jesus knew that in order to have a good relationship with His Father He needed to go to a solitary place and spend time alone with Him. Time for Jesus to share His heart with God and time for God to share His heart with Jesus.
There is one thing I love to do most with my favorite people, my best friends, and that’s spend one on one time with them as we share our deepest hearts with each other. And it’s the same with Jesus. I love to spend alone time with Him! It’s in these alone times with Him that I can really enter into an intimate relationship with Him.
A truly good friendship is one that is reciprocal, and this is also true for our friendship with Jesus. If we want Him to give us His all then we need to give Him our all. We need to spend time in His Word. When we spend time in His Word, not just looking to get something out of it, but to spend time with Him in friendship, amazing things happen. First, we need to remember that…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1
We are literally reading the very words of God when we read the Bible. Every word in it is His word. And His words hold unbelievable authority and power. We see this just a few verses further into John chapter one…
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:4-5
In the Bible, which is God Himself, we have God breathed words of wisdom and authority. In His word is LIFE and LIGHT that cannot be overcome by darkness. If you’re searching for answers, look no further than God’s Word and spend time with it at Jesus’ feet. Why? Well, let’s now take a look at what’s in those “dots” of what Jesus says to us in John 15:15
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
This friendship with Jesus is an amazing friendship! This is a friendship that shares ALL. When we’re friends with Jesus, we have the inside scoop on what God’s up to. We have all the answers, all the help, all the strength, all the hope, all the grace, all the love we will ever need…and then more! The goodness of this friendship is unfathomable! And we learn more and more about it and grow closer to our friend Jesus when we spend more and more time in His Word.
Spending time with God in His Word is one of the ways we grow in our friendship with God, but we also do this in conversation with God. Prayer is the word we use for conversing with God. I hope you know that God so badly wants to have conversations with you. He already knows what is in your heart, but He wants you to freely share it with Him anyway.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. – Psalm 62:8
Pour out your heart to Him. Like any best friend, He wants you to know that you can trust Him with everything and there is not one thing you will tell Him that will surprise Him. What may be surprising is the peace, joy and love you’ll find when you’ve let it all out and put it in God’s hands.
Reading the Bible and praying are so important to our friendship with Jesus. Through prayer, we get to pour our hearts out to Him and by reading our Bible, He gets to pour His heart out to us. What an amazing blessing to have this kind of friendship with Jesus!
Pray this with me…
Heavenly father there are no words to express the gratitude in our hearts for sending Jesus to be our very best friend! Thank you for sending Him to show us that this intimate friendship was what you wanted with us since the beginning of time. Thank you for giving us your Word that is full of wisdom, love and grace. Father, beckon us to a solitary place and your Word every day so that we can be full up on your promises and truths to carry us through dark and desert places. Remind us in our darkest hour, that you are a friend to be trusted and that we can pour out our hearts to you because your ear is already bent down to listen.
* Take time to read these scriptures today:
– Psalm 116:2 (NLT) – Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
– John1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
– Romans 15:4 (MSG) – Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next.
– 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) – Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares for you.
* Think About It:
– Write a letter to Jesus, as your friend, today. Include in it all that you would tell your very best friend, because that’s what He wants to be. Your best friend. Then sit with your Bible and allow Him to speak to you through His Word. Record what He shares with you through His word.
Blessings to you as you Choose the Good Portion today!
All biblical references are ESV unless otherwise noted.