Genesis 32:24 (NIV) “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day”.
Left alone! What different emotions these words conjure up to each of us. To some they spell loneliness and desolation, to others rest and quiet. To be left alone without God, would be too awful for words, but to be left alone with Him is a foretaste of Heaven! If the followers of our God spent more time alone with Him, we would see spiritual transformation emerge from our lives like never before.
Jesus demonstrated the need for followers of God to be alone with God. Note how often He went to be alone with God (Mark 1:35); and He had a mighty purpose behind the command, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray.” There are some powerful experiences that take place Alone with God, and that’s the truth of the matter!
The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God. Joshua was alone when the Lord came to him. (Josh. 1:1) Gideon and Jephthah were by themselves when commissioned to save Israel. (Judges 6:11 and11:29) Moses was by himself at the wilderness bush. (Exodus 3:1-5) Cornelius was praying by himself when the angel came to him. (Acts 10:2) No one was with Peter on the house top, when he was instructed to go to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:9) John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness (Luke 1:90), and John the Beloved alone in Patmos, when nearest God. (Rev. 1:9)
Purpose in your day to be and get alone with God. If we neglect it, we not only rob ourselves, but others too, of blessings, since when we are blessed, we are then able to pass on blessings to others. It may mean less outside work; but it will prove more depth and power in the quality of your inward life. Have a great weekend!