MATTHEW 14:23

 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Matthew 14:23 (NKJV)

Suggested reading: Matthew 14:22-23

Jesus went up on that mountain by Himself. He needed time alone with His Father to rest and communicate in private. Jesus prayed in solitude often, especially after ministering to others. Since Jesus needed to do that, we certainly should not neglect spending time alone with Father God, the Creator of the Universe!

We need time alone with our heavenly Father. However, the enemy will bring distractions our way and try to prevent us from taking precious time to spend with God. We can become drained as a result of our daily lives. When we are tired—not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually—we are more likely to become fearful and depressed. The presence of God recharges our spirits.

Feeding our spirits is not optional if we expect to receive healing for emotional and spiritual pain and trauma. Spending time alone with Father God will bring us back to the place of strength that we need to carry on. Only He can revive our hearts, minds and spirits. Only He can encourage us in specific ways for our individual situations. Only He is able to love us completely and unconditionally. We must make time with our Most High God a priority and fight for it with determination as if our lives depend on it, because they do!

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PSALM 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)

Suggested reading: Psalm 23:4-6

Walking through the “valley of the shadow of death” certainly describes an emotionally and spiritually painful time for anyone. However, the Lord promised to be with us always—at all times—and that promise helps us avoid being fearful. This includes times when circumstances are traumatic and break our hearts. Jesus is with us during every heart-breaking situation to bring us comfort!

Rather than seeking comfort from the Lord, people often seek comfort from the wrong things. They may use alcohol, drugs, sex, food, entertainment, or other methods to try to find relief from the emotional pain they are suffering. Those things may temporarily numb the pain, but they eventually cause more misery. They are not God’s perfect plan for healing broken hearts.

True comfort comes from the Lord alone! He is the only One capable of filling our hearts and spirits with lasting comfort and healing. There is no substitute for God’s love in our lives. Although He often helps us on our healing journey through the compassion and love of others who love Him, it is ultimately His comfort that we require during our times in the valley of the shadow of death.