Where do you go for times of refreshing? What does that mean to you? What do you take along with you? Because we all live in a fallen world, there must be regular times in our lives when we must get away from the pressure. When the attacks of the enemy intensifies, we must retreat to a solitary place for strength. We oftentimes go through periods of continuous attacks from the enemy, so much so that we become tired and unable to function properly. These times can even make us feel like giving up because of the constant, unending mental workload. But the answer is not to relinquish our authority or control; the answer is to refresh!
When your computer has been performing several tasks and programs, it gets tired and slows down. So to make it active again, you must refresh it to clear the programs it has been running. As we mature in Christ, we get a better understanding of the importance of these times of refreshing and how it helps to revive us to stay in the race and finish strong.
So where do you go for times of refreshing? The best place to retreat is a place void of life’s luxuries. No cell phones, no computers, and no television. Jesus practiced this on a daily basis. The Bible states in Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Not only did Jesus go to a quiet place, but He also went during a time when most people are still asleep. Before the sunrise of a new day Jesus knew He needed refreshing.
What does this mean to you? Well times of refreshing guarantees you that you’ll be able to handle each day’s problems as they appear. It energizes you for the assignments of the day ahead. Hearing God’s voice before you hear anyone else’s voice gives you direction and instruction for the journey. It frees you from yesterday’s troubles and prepares you to walk in victory because your confidence is in God.
What do you take along with you? Nothing and no one. There’s an old hymn that says, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses…” So these are times that you spend alone with God sharing and listening. Walking alone with Him in the cool of the morning is what God intended for us. When you’re alone with God, you don’t have to divide your attention, but you’re able to allow His love to wash over you and forgive you of yesterday’s faults. Times of refreshing are vital for every believer and there’s no substitute for spending time alone with the Creator of the universe. He awaits our coming every single day.