4/3 Solitude: Alone not Lonely

On today's episode of Rise and Shine, Pastor Terry discusses the important difference between loneliness and being alone.

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17

Good morning Cornerstone, time to Rise and Shine. It’s PT, here we go, talking together about the things of God.

You know we looked at Jesus and the example that He gave us when He heard the news about John's death and the need to move away and be alone with the Father. To get to a solitary place.

We also talked about how in Psalm 46:10 we're reminded to be still and know that I am God. The value of being able to be alone with the Lord is so huge.

Now, there's a difference between loneliness and being alone. I don't think any of us want to be lonely. We need people. We need others. We're made that way. We do better that way. Now, all in different doses, I'm sure. Some of us are more people persons. Some of us need more space to be alone. Some of us need to be engaged. But the bottom line is loneliness is not what we're talking about. Aloneness with the Father and with God, that's what we're talking about.

All of us need it, even when it's uncomfortable. Jesus modeled it. Because we can so easily fill that space up, that discomfort. But when we're alone with the Lord, with His word, or just listening for His voice, it changes the way we live. So even now Lord, help us to create space to be alone with you. We don't want to be lonely, we want to be able to have times when we're alone with you. Help us to do that. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.