It’s early morning as I feel the warmth of God in my heart and soul, and through my loved ones. I’m sitting alone in my family room, snuggled in a cozy spa robe that my husband gifted to me. My laptop rests on my lap on top of the “Live Laugh Love” lap pad my son gifted me. To the left of me is the “Jesus Today — Experience Hope Through His Presence” standing calendar by Sarah Young that my son’s friend gifted to me. Under me (I’m sitting on it) is a beautiful blanket my Godmother crocheted for me. Surrounded by these acts of love through physical gifts, I’m reminded of God’s love that is interwoven in them all. As I sit alone immersed in this feeling of love in many forms, I wonder: Do we really take enough time — alone with God — to more deeply bask in His love and hear His plan for our lives?
Being alone with God is the topic of the Feb. 27 devotion in Streams In The Desert by L. B. Cowman. That devotional opens with Genesis 32:24: “So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.” It goes on to explain that “Jacob was alone with God when he became a prince,” as stated in Genesis 32:28. In verse 30, Jacob tells us, “For I saw God face to face, and my soul was saved.”
Like Jacob, being alone with God brings us face to face with Him, and what could be more important or more beautiful, no matter the circumstances?
As Cowman states: “To be left alone without God would be too horrible for words, while being left alone with Him is a taste of Heaven!” There’s no wonder why the 18-year-old singer, Hollyn, pleads with God:
…But don’t leave me, leave me alone
Bust down the door to my heart like it’s Your home
Don’t need no keys
I’m on my knees
Begging You please
I’ve gotta settle this thing once and for all
You got my heart my soul You can have it all
I’m on my knees
Beggin’ You please
Beggin’ You please, Lord
Don’t leave me alone…
Possibilities when alone with God
According to Streams In The Desert, “And if his followers spent more time alone with Him, we would have spiritual giants again.” The passage lists some of those who experienced great spiritual gain as a result of being alone with God:
Elijah and Elisha, when alone with God, experienced their greatest miracles, as told in 2 Kings 1:10 and 2 Kings 2:13-15.
Joshua, when alone with God, received specific instructions and inspiration, as told in Joshua 1:1-9.
Gideon and Jephthah, when along with God, were commissioned to save Israel, as told in Judges 6:11-29.
Moses, when alone with God, had the burning-bush encounter, as told in Exodus 3:1-12.
Cornelius, when praying alone with God, experienced the angel of God appearing before him, as told in Acts 10:1-6.
Peter, when alone with God on the housetop, was instructed to go to the Gentiles, as told in Acts 10:9-28.
John the Baptist, when alone with God in the wilderness, “grew and became strong in spirit,” as told in Luke 1:80.
John the Beloved, when alone with God on the island of Patmos, had a vision of Christ, as told in Revelations 1:9-20.
There are plenty Biblical examples to help us see and understand the vital importance of being alone with God. My alone time with God unexpectedly birthed this blog post this morning. I pray that He has used me, as a result of being alone with Him, to encourage others be alone with Him, too.
Will you take time to be alone with God? How will you set apart time to be alone with Him?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the Heavenly gift you give us to be alone with You. I pray that You help us to carve out more time to be alone in Your presence, and please stir our spirit — making us feel uneasy — when we don’t. Like Jacob, may we come face to face with You during this alone time. If we are wrestling with a certain issue, perhaps our dedicated time with You may not always be easy; however, in Your presence, we can be certain we will find Your peace, purpose, and power. Nothing else on earth can compare! Thank you, Father, for all opportunities to be alone in Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Special Thanks for the Fuel behind this Blog Post
God, thank You for the desire to share through writing. Shayna Keller, thank you introducing me to the song “Alone” by Hollyn through your Hope FM radio show and for our chats about it. Hollyn is surely moving listeners both spiritually and physically with this one. L. B. Cowman, thank you for your spiritual lessons in “Streams In The Desert.” In turn, I can share these lessons with others.