“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her. (Hosea 2:14 NKJV)
God prepares you when you are alone. When the enemy wants to destroy you, he forces you to seclusion, but when God wants to prepare you, He calls you to be alone. Seclusion causes us to walk in deception, while solitude exposes the truth of who we are. Solitude forces a person to face reality. Seclusion allows a person to run from the issues of life.
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV)
Seclusion ultimately leads to loneliness. Loneliness is a powerful feeling of emptiness and disconnectedness. In other words, loneliness is a negative state where a person feels unfulfilled. Loneliness is not the absence of people; loneliness is the absence of taking the time to be with God. The Bible tells us, “In Your presence is fullness of Joy” (Ps.16:11).
Solitude, on the other hand, is the state of being alone without experience a sense of loneliness. Solitude is a positive and constructive state of a loneliness with God. Your identity is hidden within the pages of God’s Word. You will never find your identity in a crowd.
Jonathan Edwards, the leader of the New England’s Great Awakening, penned these words: “In close meditation, prayer and conversing with God. When alone and separated from the world, a true Christian doubtless delights…..to converse with God in solitude and this also has peculiar advantages for fixing his heart, for fixing what is inside him.”