“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a Man with him until the breaking of the day. And when He saw that He prevailed not against him, He touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with Him. And He said; Let Me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me. And He said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And He said, thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed... And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel; for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Genesis 32:24-28, 30
We often rely on the company and companionship of others because, we are all social beings; and, it offers a sense of belonging to someone other than ourselves. In fact, there are not a lot of people who actually prefer being alone, at least not for long periods of time. Yet, solitude can bring a sense of reflection; and reflection can bring a sense of enlightenment; and enlightenment can bring a sense of purpose; and, a sense of purpose can lead to purposeful action, —the kind of action that ultimately leads to a definitive result.
In most instances, solitude will allow you to concentrate on those things God needs for you to learn, one lesson at a time. —Think of it as, God’s Independent Study Class.
Like any class, you will need to bring your past experiences and complete the prerequisites in order to attend. And, like any independent study class, you will need to do the in-depth research —introspection and final prep work on your own. In addition, only if you receive a passing grade will you advance to higher-level classes with greater challenges. However, in God’s Independent Study Class, just when you thought it was time for you to graduate, you find that new classes have been added to your curriculum.
Every person should have a time to reflect in solitude. A time set aside to commune alone with God, not simply for answers, but also for direction. There are personal revelations that will only occur when you are alone—insights into your personal life which will not occur when you are communing with others. These revelations are part of your personal growth and must be faced alone. Jacob learned this lesson when he took God’s Independent Study Class while planning to reconcile with his brother Esau. During his class, he grappled so long and hard with God for a passing grade that, God changed his name!
Why not take the time to enroll in God's Independent Study Class? Why not spend some time in solitude so that God can give you the direction that you need to complete His Life Class? Chances are, you will learn far more than you possibly ever imagined. L.
Study Reference: Galatians 6:5, Genesis 32:22-30
From:"Finding Solitude." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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