Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stress Releif - Solitude With God

Matthew 14:22 - 23 (HCSB) - "Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone."

God wants us to release our stress into His hands. Charles Stanley has taught that God wants us to see that the solution for stress is solitude with God. When we learn to release our concerns and cares unto Him, we will discover a great reduction in our level of stress.

We need to start our journey of release and refreshment by going to God and spending time with Him in solitude. Psychology Today addressed this concept by making a difference between loneliness and solitude. "Loneliness is marked by a sense of isolation. Solitude, on the other hand, is a state of being alone without being lonely and can lead to self-awareness."* Biblically, solitude can mean to draw aside and focus entirely upon God without any other distractions. This allows us to totally connect with God. The sweet psalmist David speaks to this in the 16th Psalm. He says in verse 8, "I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved."

Spending time with God in solitude doesn't mean we will never stress again - but it will help us to view our problems and stressors from God's point of view.

Today, look at that list you made on Monday, and consider taking time to be in a solitude relationship with the Father and look at the stressors from His point of view.


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