“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
Today’s verse reminds us that God is in control, therefore, we don’t have to be. He is God and He’s not looking for any help in that department. Many of us lead full, busy, complex lives that leave us with the feeling that we have to be in control at all times of all things. It’s an impossibility. This verse reminds me that in seeking solitude with God, I can let go and be still. He’s got it.
We are wrapping up the study of solitude this week and on July 1, will be moving into the spiritual discipline of submission. Before we leave solitude, I’m going to share a few of the ways that Richard Foster says we can practice solitude in our lives. I can already hear the “I can’t do that” but there’s at least one thing on this list that everyone can do.
Take advantage of moments of solitude. Could be in the morning before everyone else is up or at night after they are in bed, driving in a car alone, or a walk enjoying nature.
Designate a “quiet place” for yourself. This could be in your home, at a park, on a walking trail, etc. Just a place that you can go regularly for a few moments of quiet.
Begin to discipline your words. Do you find yourself talking more than listening?
Aim for a time away for 3-4 hours (Foster recommends doing these 4 times a year) for quiet reflection and reevaluation.
Take a yearly retreat for the purpose of solitude.
Foster says, “The fruit of solitude is increased sensitivity and compassion for others.” I can think of no other time that we have needed this more.
Foster, Richard J.. Celebration of Discipline, Special Anniversary Edition (p. 108). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
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