“And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.”
Mark 1:35, NAS

Do you remember the first time someone told you, “I love you?” The power of those words did not come from how loud they were spoken, or how many people heard them. In fact, private settings are more meaningful as genuine expressions of love.

Someone once said that people in love rarely shout their affections across a crowded market place. They reserve those words for the quiet place where they can be spoken freely and without fear of embarrassment.

Does God usually shout when He tells you how much He loves you? If the Lord wants to confide in you and share His heart with you, He waits until He gets you alone.

Jesus regularly went out to be alone with His Father. In those unrecorded moments in the life of our Redeemer, I believe the Father and Son confided in one another in ways that we can never comprehend. He also wants to speak to us in the quiet place, to tell us those things that we could not and would not hear were we not still. Indeed, the Lord does confide in those who fear Him. He opens His heart to those who love Him enough to make room in their lives to be still and listen. When you are alone with Him, He does not need to shout for you to hear His intimate words of deep affection.

QUESTION: Is there a time and place in your day to be alone with God? Does He have to shout to get your attention, or can quiet voice of the Spirit be heard as He confides in you and opens His heart to you?