“Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen.
I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see,
but they didn’t see it.
And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”
When we’re alone with God, he tells us things we don’t hear when we’re in the crowd, church, or small group.
Why do people find it difficult to spend time alone with God?
- We think we’re too busy. Maybe we make ourselves too busy. We prioritize the things we value.
- Fear of solitude. No noise distracts us from facing our inner thoughts. Quieting the mind is an intentional decision that allows us to hear not only our own noisy thoughts, but also God’s whispers.
- Maybe God’s going to tell us he’s angry with us. Maybe we’ve messed up and don’t want to face him. The devil uses fear to convince us to stay away. But God wants us to come close to him with all our guilt and brokenness, and when we get there, we discover he’s loving and forgiving, not angry.
What is the beauty we experience when we’re alone with God? He affirms us. He heals our hurts. He gives us wisdom for the situations we face. He gives extraordinary treasures to ordinary people.
When the apostles were dragged in front of the stern Jewish leaders, “[The leaders] were amazed…, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
Why wouldn’t anyone want to spend time alone with God? Push through the resistance. He’s waiting and it’s worth it.