There is a difference between isolation and solitude and isolation is often unwanted time alone which sometimes creates anxiety and distress. Solitude is time alone which doesn’t necessarily stem from being or feeling isolated but often relates to a choice made to seek time alone. Jesus sought solitude in order to remain connected to God and to remain in communication with God.
Jesus fasted for forty days after being led by spirit into the wilderness. He was tested by the Devil and then strengthened by angels who ministered to him. Matthew 4:1-11 Notice that Jesus’s fast started after his baptism by John in the Jordon river and just before John’s arrest and the start of Jesus’s ministry.
His time of solitude and waiting before God prepared him for his ministry which would transform the world. Moses spent forty years in the wilderness to prepare for his mission in leading the Israelites out of bondage. Those years alone helped Moses to gain intimacy with God and matured his faith and understanding of who God is. Moses is considered as one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament because he heard God audibly and daily communicated with God.
What can we learn from the solace and solitude which Moses and Jesus experienced in preparation for ministry and events that changed bible history. Their time alone and in the presence of God gave them insight and revelation knowledge to lead the world closer to God.
On Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday and the background of the Pentecostal movement stemmed from the 1906 Azusa Street Revival led by William J. Seymour who was the son of a former slave. Seymour had revelation about the work of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues and along with seven men waited on God in Bonnie Brea Street. The men were knocked from their seats by a bolt of lightning and spoke in other tongues. This movement attracted people from all races, nationalities and cultural backgrounds who were moved by the power of the Holy Spirit and which brought about unity in the church.
There is a lot happening globally which is heartbreaking and sad to watch and see how the enemy has used differences to create division and segregation. I believe that God can transform the current happenings into a major move of God to bring about unity and revival.
We have to come away from the daily happenings to wait on God and to pray and ask for his outpouring. We need to hear God speak amidst the roar of anger, frustration and hurt. We could be on the brink of a significant move of God but God needs intercessors and men and women who will watch and pray for a revival. We have to stay tuned to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church because God is changing our world.