Interestingly enough, silence has become somewhat of a commodity in our culture. With all the noise that surrounds us constantly, it can be really difficult to find silence and solitude. However, it’s much more important to our spiritual lives than we might think.

 

              In the Gospels, we actually get a really good idea of how important silence in solitude actually is as we look at the lifestyle of Jesus Christ. We don’t talk about it a lot, but Jesus greatly prioritized silence and solitude. In Mark 1, Jesus is essentially beginning His ministry. He has been baptized, He has started to heal people and cast out demons, and everyone is looking for Him for one reason or another. After an entire day of this, we would think Jesus would take a break, right? Yet what does He do?

 

              Mark 1:35 says, “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Jesus didn’t sleep in, He got up early and went away to find some silence and solitude. What makes this even more interesting is the fact that He had just come back from being in the wilderness for 40 days consuming, you guessed it, more silence and solitude. Make sure you don’t miss this. Jesus spent a month and a half in silence and solitude, preparing for His ministry, came back into Capernaum for one day, and then went right back to silence and solitude the next morning. I think we can all agree that if Jesus found silence and solitude to be important, we should as well.

 

              How can we practice silence and solitude in today’s world? The answer is quite simple: You have to let go of everything that causes noise on a regular basis. Many times, we resist finding silence and solitude not because it is difficult, but because we aren’t willing to let go of the things that interrupt our peace and quiet. For example, if you think that you can go off and find silence and solitude with God with your smartphone in your pocket, you’re going to struggle greatly.

 

              Make a list today of the things that interrupt your silence, externally and internally. When we come before God and spend time in His presence by ourselves, we have to recognize that we deal with internal noise as well. We have to find ways to silence both the external and internal noise in our lives in order to truly find silence and solitude in the presence of God.

 

              This may take sacrifice. It may mean getting up earlier than the rest of your family so that you can find that silence before everyone else wakes up. It may take turning off your phone completely and locking it in another room so that you can’t be distracted by it. Yet whatever it takes, remember that even Jesus couldn’t go without silence and solitude with the Lord. Take action today and find your peace in your time with Him.