HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-August 24, 2016-Solitude
Compiled by Ben Foster
“Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become” – Leo Szilar
In Matthew chapter twenty six just before Jesus is arrested to be crucified he, Peter, James, and John go into the garden of Gethsemane to pray. After awhile Jesus moves away from the other three seeking solitude to talk to God. When alone Jesus asks God to remove the cup of wrath upon him if it be his will and his will alone.
In our own everyday existence seeking solitude from those around us can allow for honest and open conversations between ourselves and God to determine the best course of action in our spiritual lives. Even, and sometimes especially, in traumatic times it can become important to separate ourselves from any other influencing voices to confer with God and find the right path for us alone. Though it is important to take into account the perspectives and advice of everyone that walks along with us on our spiritual path, our personal actions and the will of God in our own lives are the most important considerations to keep in mind.
As we see in the case of Jesus in Gethsemane in solitude we can ask God the ‘tough questions’ and seek guidance in the hardest areas of our lives without any outside influences. Though the will of God may not always align with the easiest or most valued paths in our life in solitude we can begin to understand the reasons we are walking the ones we are and learn how to advance on our walk. As we conclude our month of devotionals dedicated to spiritual solitude it is my sincerest hope that everyone reading has found their place of solitude and has been witness to the amazing spiritual happenings that practiced solitude can bring about.
Today’s Action: Consider the different kinds of decisions in your life that may require seeking spiritual solitude to determine the best course of action. Think about all the different ways you can achieve solitude even around other people. Consider music with headphones, writing in a journal, and even games and applications on your phone, anything that can distance your mind from everyday life and all of its noise.
Today’s Share: Share some of your best solitude seeking practices for everyday life.
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