Devotion day 21
A Quiet Place, A Quiet Time
“So, Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.” John 6:15
It’s Wednesday…the ground covered, the wind blowing, snow everywhere…it’s a winter wonderland. Schools closed, roads challenging, pictures on Facebook of children (& adults) building snowmen. Inside the house the fireplace may be roaring, puzzles being strategically put together with a mug of hot chocolate. Quite the day!
As this day began in the quiet of the fallen snow, I sensed another activity (or non-activity) wanting to find a place – being alone with Him. The gospels frequently tell us Christ’s going into solitude for prayer. We see Mark observing Christ “slipping away into a solitary place to pray” (Mark 1:35), and Luke recording in chapter 6 verse 12 “He went out to a mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.” Matthew, the tax collector turned disciple observed in his writing that Jesus “went up into a mountain to pray, and when the evening had come, he was there along.” Matthew 14:23
I paused when I read ‘He was there alone.’ Jesus went entirely by Himself, alone with Himself. Relationships with people can draw us away from ourselves and exhaust our energies. When I come into His presence I must come alone.
In this place of quiet, aloneness, and solitude we grow into what Thomas Kempis calls “a familiar friendship with Jesus.” In that quiet time when we are alone with Jesus we go from cold knowledge into a ‘radiant reality!’ That phrase in the old song, “He walks with me, and He talks with me” is no longer just a song but daily life that we walk in.
Today get alone, just you, just yourself. Breathe in the inviting words of Jesus. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
o Meditate on these verses until you have experienced “sweeter than honey and the honeycomb” from these verses.