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Blessed desolation. How can one be blessed during times of aloneness? The term desolate as used in the Bible conveys the meaning of “left lonely”, “forlorn” (Psalms 25:16), “left alone”, or “destitute of inhabitants” (Jeremiah 4:7). Jesus’ Example One of Jesus’ major purposes on earth was to establish His eternal Kingdom and call to Himself “a people for his name” (Acts 15:14). He did so by revealing His true identity and purpose through the power of His Word and miraculous signs. But often times in Scripture, we also read that Jesus spent many intermediary times withdrawing from the crowds and escaping the business of society to pray and spend time with His Father (Luke 5:16, Mark 6:46). Apparently, He recognized it as necessary for the health of His relationship with the Father and essential to the success of His purpose. Belief in Action Likewise, when we come into relationship with the Father, we too are commissioned by Him with eternal purpose on earth. “If Jesus saw the importance of spending isolated time with the Father, shouldn’t we?” Though most of us have heard an exhortation resembling this one, how many of us actually believe it by practicing it? It is Read more…