HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.“ Galatians 1:15-17
Paul went away from all human contact for several years in order to spend time alone with God in the Arabian wilderness.
The newborn soul needs solitude. That, apart from the strife of tongues and the din of the world, it may meditate on those marvellous things which God has done for it. That it may frame a larger, deeper, more adequate conception of what salvation really is. That is gratitude may become more precise and more profound. That, with nothing and no one to distract, it may dedicate itself quietly and fully to its Lord.
Does not the teacher or preacher need solitude? That he may apprehend the breadth and length and depth and height of that great, majestic, illimitable evangel he is to proclaim. That he may seize hold of the truth of God — and that the truth of God may seize hold of him. That the gospel may become, more than ever, his own possession and exceeding joy. And then, out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will speak.
Does not every saint need solitude? That he may shake off the dust and grime of worldliness and sin. That, waiting on the Lord, he may renew his strength. That a fresh unction from the Holy One may make him wise and strong.
In Arabia, as he came forth from the cloud, the face of Moses shone. In Arabia, the soul of Paul duly took and strongly kept the print of Heaven.
Ah, there are none of us who can venture to dispense with our Arabian wildernesses!
Is it my custom and my delight to go by myself to a quiet place, and rest awhile with Jesus? (Mark 6:31)