Welcome to our online Bible study on Luke!
Read: Luke 5:16-39
When I think of lonely places, I think of sorrowful moments in time.
Lonely places remind me of pain. They remind me of times I’ve felt excluded, times I’ve felt rejected.
I don’t think of lonely places with fondness. And I don’t normally seek them out. But Jesus did.
After healing a man from leprosy, Jesus found Himself constantly swarmed with people. Everyone needed His healing touch.
And yet, the Person who could calm the seas with a word and heal disease with a touch needed something too. He needed lonely places. Because He needed to be alone with His Father.
For Jesus, lonely places were those hidden moments when He could be with the One who knew Him best.
We need lonely places in our lives — places where we can withdraw from the swarming rush of the crowd and noise around us. We need to remove ourselves from the constant pinging of our phones and the ongoing status updates of our friends.
Because the most important call we could ever make doesn’t require a phone. Just a lonely place.
Let’s do that today. Here and now. In this moment. Let’s withdraw to our own lonely place . . . to spend time with our Father.
And when we do, we’ll discover the most amazing thing.
When we’re with our Father, we never feel lonely at all.