I’ve been quiet for a while. A season of trying to get my bearings and seek the Lord for what comes next and really, I am not sure that time is over yet. But I wanted to drop in today to share something the Holy Spirit dropped in my heart: But when He was alone with His own.
We, the Church, have been through a lot since 2019. An election that didn’t go the way a lot of us wanted and a whole lot of confusion ever since. Before our very eyes, hostility to Christianity is at an all-time high. A pandemic that shifted every aspect of our lives as we knew it. Personal struggles and weaknesses coming to light, while good to see, are still HARD to see. There’s been a humbling for the hearts who have been brave enough to receive it. Many of us have questions as what we see with our physical eyes isn’t adding up to what we know deep within our hearts.
While what I have to say isn’t new, and most people of God would agree, what I want to exhort you to today is ACTION. So here it is:
He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. (Mark 4:34)
I think sometimes, we have a tendency to just keep on with our routines rather than to stop and inquire and listen more closely for the answers that will direct us and bring us into the peace of God. When Jesus was with the masses, He spoke in parables. But when He was alone with His own, He spoke plainly.
Have you ever wished that God would just “spell it out” for you???
I believe that God has shown me that the reason why His People aren’t getting answers in this season is because we aren’t getting alone with Him regularly. We are too caught up in the world, too caught up in the online spaces, too caught up in the busyness of life and because of that, He cannot explain everything that is happening around us to us.
“Stop fidgeting and look at me. Listen to my words… Now tell me what I said.”
I have had a lot of practice as a mom in getting my children to listen to me. One thing I am famous for saying to my kids is, “Stop fidgeting and look at me. Listen to my words.” I often have to make my children be still, take a toy out of their hands and make them look at me in order for them to truly hear me. And for reinforcement, I make them repeat it back to me so that I am sure they understood.
I believe that is what God is saying to His Children right now!
Look at Me.
Listen to My Words.
Repeat it back to Me.
Some of us have gotten TOO distracted and we are moving too much for our own good.
It’s time to stop and refocus on the Lord. Get back in His Word. Get back in prayer. WAIT for Him to explain EVERYTHING. Because I fear we cannot move forward properly unless we do.
Jesus wants to get alone with His Own.
Not sure if you should quit your job or make a career change? Get alone with Him.
Wondering how you should pray for that wayward child? Get alone with Him.
Don’t understand why a situation is playing out the way it is? Get alone with Him.
Can’t figure out why you feel the way you do? Get alone with Him.
Need wisdom for some treacherous waters ahead? Get in His Word and get alone with Him.
Feeling hurt, betrayed, angry, offended, defeated, rejected??? GET ALONE WITH HIM.
His own stayed close.
His disciples were always found following Him wherever He went. They didn’t hang out after the sermon on the mount and visit with family or friends, they didn’t rush home to do lawn work or go grocery shopping… they followed Him and questioned Him so they could understand Him and His Words.
Now, there’s a time and place for visiting and work and leisure. But I think what God is showing me is that we aren’t getting the breakthroughs and answers we desire because we are too quick to move on to other things when we should be dedicating more time and effort to being alone with Him who can explain everything to us.
What would happen if you dedicated some alone time each day?
Can you imagine?
Every day, spending time in His Word, spending time in prayer, asking the questions for answers that you need to move forward in peace and confidence. Allowing Him to show up and direct your steps. Feeling His presence again. Gaining insight and wisdom that is so needed in these days. Being filled with hope for your future, for your family, for this nation.
Friends. Jesus explains things when He is alone with us because He desires INTIMACY with us.
And that’s really what is needed right?
Intimacy with the One who saves us. If the answers are not coming, it’s worth a look to examine whether or not we’ve lost some of that intimacy and it’s definitely time to get it back, amen?
I pray that this word stirs you as much as it has my own heart today. Now go get alone with Him, He’s waiting to talk with you today!