Learning To Be Alone

Yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me.

— John 16:32

It need not be said that to put conviction into action is a costly sacrifice. It may make necessary renunciations and separations which leave one feeling a strange sense both of deprivation and loneliness. But he who will fly as an eagle does to the heights of God’s highest Will must be content to live a comparatively lonely life. The life that is lived unto God, however it forfeits human companionship, knows Divine fellowship.

No man ever comes into a realization of the best things of God who does not learn to be alone when He requires it. Let God isolate you. I do not mean the independence of faith and life so that the soul needs no longer the constant help, prayer, faith, or attention of others, but there are times when they can act as a hindrance to the individual’s faith and welfare.

God knows how to change circumstances in order to give us an isolating experience. We yield to God and He takes us through something, and when it is over those about us are no less loved than before, but we are more dependent upon Him. Are we prepared for a “splendid isolation” rather than fail Him?

— C.T. Studd

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