January 13 Have You Ever
Been Alone With GOD?
“When He was alone the twelve . . . asked of Him . . .” Mark 4:10
His Solitude with Us. When
God gets us alone by affliction, heartbreak, or temptation, by disappointment,
sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship, or by a new
friendship – when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are dumbfounded, and cannot
ask one question, then He begins to expound. Watch Jesus Christ’s training of
the twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were perplexed.
They constantly asked Him questions, and He constantly expounded things to
them; but they only understood after they had received the Holy Spirit (see
If you are going on with
God, the only thing that is clear to you, and the only thing God intends to be
clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. Your brother’s sorrows and
perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. We imagine we understand where
the other person is, until God gives us a dose of the plague of our own hearts.
There are whole tracts of stubbornness and ignorance to be revealed by the Holy
Spirit in each one of us, and it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone. Are
we alone with Him now, or are we taken up with little fussy notions, fussy
comradeships in God’s service, fussy ideas about our bodies? Jesus can expound
nothing until we get through all the noisy questions of the head and are alone