When You’re Left Alone (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 59)
Genesis 32:24 (NLT)
This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.
When we think of being alone, our minds wander into all sorts of different territories. For some people, being alone is good. It means, for them, rest, quietness, and peace from the busyness of their lives and the world. For others, being alone produces thoughts of loneliness and isolation. It is, for these individuals, the worst thing that could happen in their lives — to be without another person.
But this is not what Jacob experiences here. Imagine what the spectacle would be like if a large group of people were around to see Jacob wrestle with God. He would have probably never gotten to the place of surrender and humility if he had not been by himself. Being alone, in the stillness and quietness of complete solitude, is one of the greatest blessings in the world. How difficult it can be to hear God’s voice when we are surrounded by voices in every direction.
If we embrace aloneness with God instead of trying to run from it, we would experience so many more blessings in our lives. You see, sometimes we fight to break free from situations that God very well wants us to be in. Imagine a person in a dark locked room with only one door and one window. He runs in every direction trying to get out of that room — he pries the window, jerks the door, tears the paint on the wall — all in an attempt to get out, but he is unsuccessful. Little does he know, he is in that dark locked room because someone is trying to save his life from wild animals outside the door.
Blessings that you never imagined will enter your life when you choose to get alone with God. Intentionally spend time with the One who gave you life. Jesus even chose to get away from the hustle and bustle of ministry to spend time with the Heavenly Father — no disciples, no crowds, and not even any enemies. Just Jesus and God the Father. We don’t need as much effort as much as we need depth. We don’t need as many people as much as we need God’s power. To be alone with God is one of the greatest blessings we will receive, one of the greatest experiences we will ever have.
“If we communicated with our friends as infrequently as some of us communicate with the Lord, those friends might soon disappear. Our fellowship with God is not meant to wait until we are in heaven.”
— John F. MacArthur Jr.