In Times of Solitude
Psalms 102:7 I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
I. A Time of Supplication
Sometimes God may want us to be in a place of solitude because he simply wants us to pray.
- vs. 1 – hear my prayer…let my cry come unto thee.
- vs. 2 – Hide not thy face from me; incline thine ear unto me…in the day when I call answer me…
- vs. 17 – He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
- vs. 19, 20 – For he hath looked down…to hear the groanings of the prisoner…
- vs. 24 – I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days…
Sometimes God might let you experience a place of solitude because He simply wants us to pray.
II. A Time of Transformation
In Genesis 32, we find Jacob experiencing a time of solitude.
His brother Esau is on his way with 400 men. (vs. 6)
- Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
He was left crippled from the ordeal, but his name was changed from “supplanter” to Israel.
This time alone gave him time to be alone with God.
This gave him time to experience a life-changing touch from God.
He was restored to his brother that he had not seen for over 14 years.
God supernaturally transformed Jacob during that time of solitude.
III. A Time of Exaltation
In Genesis, we learn that Joseph was cast into prison in chapter 39 and wasn’t let out until chapter 41.
He was in the prison for at least two years; I believe much longer. (41:1)
- Genesis 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
Half an hour after getting out, he became the Prime Minister of Egypt.
You might have to spend some time out of sight before you can be seen.
You might have to learn to serve in the shadows before you can serve in the light.
God might want to BUILD YOUR FAITH IN THE PRISON so he can BROADCAST YOUR FAITH IN THE PALACE.
III. A Time of Dispensation
Paul spent a lot of time in prison.
Paul spent many hours in solitude.
- 2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
But notice Paul’s attitude about his situation.
- 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
- 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
Wrote 14 books of the Bible.
Some of them were while in a prison.
Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon and II Timothy for sure.
God might want you by yourself for a while, so He can give you something to give to someone else!
- 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward
- 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
- 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
IV. A Time of Revelation
John the Beloved on Patmos was in exile.
But while on that island all alone, God manifested Himself to John.
- 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
- 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
- 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
- 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
- 9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
- 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
- 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
- 12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;