There are lots of verses in the bible that talk about getting away from it all. Jesus would often get away from it all or sometimes He would try to get away from it all and would find that He couldn’t. I imagine that one reason why He needed to get away from it all was to make sure that He didn’t get lost in it all, your mind can get pretty jumbled up if you don’t frequently stop to take stock of things, you have to frequently stop, and look, and listen. You have to stop everything, look at the whole situation or situations that you are finding yourself in and put them all under review and then you have to listen to the voice of reason, or better said, you have to listen to the voice of God. If you are thinking: How do I listen to the voice of God? – I can’t hear from God, I never have! Then don’t worry, just listen to the voice of reason, listen to the voice of your conscience, put everything under review and listen to the voice of balance, do this until you find yourself in a sound-minded state and also as having a firm grip on reality.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, we find Jesus when we are going the right way, His way, and we find Jesus when we are truthful to ourselves and honest with Him which is the same thing. And when we have a firm grip on reality we find the life of Jesus in that reality. Jesus cannot dwell in a lie or in falsehood, Jesus can only dwell in the truth so it is very very important for us to rediscover our single-mindedness of purpose and the sound mind that goes with this. There are so many things that can trip us all off these days and there is so much madness and insanity that we can all get lost in. Jesus, when He was here, was often pursued by large crowds and He would no-doubt found Himself in the midst of many many troubles and many many sorrows and even much grief. He would also find Himself in the midst of disputes and countless questions and countless arguments and accusations and even life-threatening situations and on top of this, He suffered many many insecurities. Jesus once said, “…Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58).
So is it any wonder that He would frequently look for a solitary place to pray? Jesus clearly had to hold on to a sound mind and a single-mindedness of purpose so He would frequently stop everything, look at all the situations that He had found Himself in and put all of this under review in order to maintain balance and order in His mind and life as well as spiritual strength that only comes from God and He would also be listening to the voice of God in all of this. It is important for us all to assume that God can guide us in all of this and we can even hear His voice in all of this, though we might not be highly aware of it, whereas, on the other hand we might. God speaks in a still small voice and often we think it is our own thoughts but we find out that it was Him all along when we see that things are working out better and we find life in all that we do, we find Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life, when we go the right way and when we maintain balance and walk in step with Him!
Mark 1:35 “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
Luke 4:42 “And when it was day, he departed and went into a dessert place: and the people saw him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.”
Matthew 14:13 “When Jesus heard of it (John the Baptist’s death), he departed thence by ship into a dessert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.”
Luke 6:12 “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
Matthew 14:23 “And when he had sent the multitude away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”
Stop, Look, & Listen!