Avenues of Grace: Silence & Solitude

Why Should We Seek Out Silence and Solitude?

To Follow Jesus Example
Matthew 14:23 says, after he had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.
If Jesus needed to get away in his day then, we for sure need to get away in ours.
If it was more beneficial for Jesus to getaway at times than to be healing or preaching then we do not have an excuse.

To Hear the voice of God better.
Biblical examples
Elijah going to Mount Horeb where he heard the gentle whisper of God’s voice in 1 Kings 19:11-13.
Habakkuk standing on the guard post and keeping watch to see what God would say to him in Habakkuk 2:1.
The Apostle Paul going away to Arabia after his conversion so he could be alone with God in Galatians 1:17.

To Express Worship to God.
Habakkuk 2:20 says, But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.
To Express Faith in God.
Psalm 62:1-2 says, My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

To Seek the Salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25-28 says, The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him.

To be physically and spiritually restored.
Mark 6:31 says, Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.

To seek the will of God.
Luke 6:12-13 says, One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.

To Learn Control of the Tongue
Proverbs 17:27-28 says, A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

What Changes Thursday?
Will you seek daily times of silence and solitude?
Will you seek extended times of silence and solitude?
Will you start tomorrow?