Time Alone With God

Kevin Ibanez

"Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

I was home alone this week for a few days.  My wife and kids were on Spring break, so they went to Arizona to visit family.  No, even though my name is Kevin, I did not act like my namesake from the 1990s John Hughes Home Alone films and go crazy eating junk food and watching movies all night long.  Instead, I enjoyed the peace and quiet. I hung out with my dog and caught up on a few things that needed to get done.  But, most importantly, I enjoyed some good times with God.

We were created by God to be in relationship and in fact He models this through the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Sometimes we think that we must continually be with somebody to have a relationship.  We think that if we are not with someone we are all alone and abandoned, or even forgotten.  But God never leaves us!  He never forsakes or abandons us.  Sometimes we need some time alone, some quiet in our noisy lives to hear His still small voice.  During many times in His life, Jesus withdrew from His disciples and the crowds to be alone to pray.  He often went up on a mountainside or went to solitary, or lonely places to pray.  Sometimes He even went to pray very early in the morning, while it was still dark (Ref. Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, 6:46, Luke 5:16).

So my question to you is are you getting away from the craziness of life once in a while to connect with God and disconnect from the cares and the worries of this world?  Are you sitting at the feet of Jesus like Mary did, or are you so busy with life and maybe even “doing stuff for God” like Martha (Ref. Luke 10:38-42), that you are neglecting your personal, quiet time with God?

Take time today to "Be still and know that He is God" (Ref. Psalm 46:10).  Enjoy your relationship with Him.  Just like my family is on their way back home right now as I write this Daily Walk, so, too, the stuff that we need to do are there for us too.  But, we need to remember that God is there and He is waiting for us to connect with Him.  He hasn’t moved or disappeared; He’s waiting for us to reach out to Him.

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