When It’s Good To Be Alone
“And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening…” Genesis 24:63
Our kids are growing up in a world where it’s nearly impossible to be alone. From cell phones, to tablets, to computers, to TVs, connectivity to the world is available 24/7. I have noticed a trend in my kids that I’m desperately trying to stop – any time they’re bored they default to an electronic device or a friend. They just can’t be alone with their thoughts, yet there are times when it’s good to be alone.
In the above scripture, Isaac was working his fields waiting for a wife. What he did with his free time is a valuable lesson to us all – he went out to be alone with God. Of course, he didn’t have the tug of technology that we have today, but his discipline to be alone with his thoughts and with God is a characteristic that we should incorporate into our lives, as well as the lives of our children. If we can’t be alone – or get fidgety when we’re alone – then we’re not at rest with God.
One of the key strategies Satan uses to bring darkness into the world today is distraction. Once he distracts us from being able to be alone with God, he can then deceive by dividing us from unity with God. And destruction is the final stage.
With all of the stuff that can distract our kids today, I believe one of the best things we can teach them is how to be alone and to commune with God. Let’s not let Satan get a foothold in our homes with the distractions of the world – and let’s discipline ourselves and our kids to be alone.
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