Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
I have taken my dinner break to meditate and bring you this message praying that someone reading will receive from the Lord. Pray God’s blessings on these words.
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day” (Genesis 32:24).
Left alone! What different sensations those words conjure up to each of us. To some, they spell loneliness and desolation, to others rest and quiet. To be left alone without God would be too awful for words, but to be left alone with Him is a foretaste of Heaven! If His followers spent more time alone with Him, we should have spiritual giants again.
The Master set us an example. Note how often He went to be alone with God; and He had a mighty purpose behind the command, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray.” Brethren it is time for us to set aside to be alone with Him our Lord and Master. Going into the “secret room” is not enough, we need to be alone every day to enter into His courts with praise and thanksgiving.
The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God. It was alone with God that Jacob became a prince; and just there that we, too, may become princes–“men (aye, and women too!) wondered at” (Zecharius 3:8). Joshua was alone when the Lord came to him. (Joshua 1:1) Gideon and Jephthah were by themselves when commissioned to save Israel. (Judges 6:11 and 11:29) Moses was by himself at the wilderness bush. (Exodus 3:1-5) Cornelius was praying by himself when the angel came to him. (Acts 10:2) No one was with Peter on the housetop, when he was instructed to go to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:9) John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness (Luke 1:90), and John the Beloved alone in Patmos, when nearest God. (Revelation 1:9)
Covet to get alone with God. If we neglect it, we not only rob ourselves but others too, of blessing, since when we are blessed we are able to pass on the blessing to others. It may mean less outside work; it must mean more depth and power, and the consequence, too, will be “they saw no man save Jesus only.”
To be alone with God in prayer cannot be over-emphasized. My brothers and sisters in the Lord you have to hide in the presence of Him alone until you lose yourself in Him. Once you find that right place, you will always want to be there every moment you can. The more you receive from His presence the more others will be blessed. Don’t just take my word, act on it today and bless me bountifully.
“If chosen men had never been alone, In deepest silence open-doored to God, No greatness ever had been dreamed or done.”