We rest with God in solitude. Luke 4:31-44.
Solitude is without people, without devices, with self, and with God. Where do you find solitude?
Jesus leaves Nazareth and travels to Capernaum, where he continues the pattern of teaching in the local synagogue. Jesus’ power and authority are repeatedly noted. His popularity and his ministry must take a significant physical, emotional, and spiritual toll.
Jesus rises early and travels to a solitary place. This is the emotional and physical space to reflect on what God is doing in his ministry and to anticipate and prepare for what God will do in the coming days. Too soon, the village people find him and want more of the teaching, sharing and healing that Jesus offers. Jesus is finding the rest that he needs in the midst of a busy and demanding schedule.
Questions to ponder:
-How would you define solitude? How is it different than loneliness?
- Imagine Jesus in a place of solitude. What thoughts went through his mind? What are the similarities to your thoughts?
-Talk about solitude as a place. Consider solitude as a state of mind. How did this work for Jesus? How does it work for you?
-How does solitude provide rest for Jesus? For you?