Lean in to Solitude

As I’ve been studying the life of Moses, God has been bringing those of you in Christian radio to mind. Moses was able to lead well by being empowered by the Spirit of God. He was called to lead a group of who had been wounded and were searching for hope. Many of your listeners are searching for something that will help numb or distract them from their circumstances or after a glimpse of optimism. What you say and do can deeply influence and point them to the greatest hope the world could ever know! To be a leader in this way is a great responsibility… but thankfully, you are meant to rely on the divine assistance of a God who is there to carry the weight of that responsibility… and we find this kind of assistance in solitude.

I am struck by Moses’ commitment to solitude. How often do we avoid moments to stop what we are doing and reflect? There’s SO much to do and get done. Who has the time? Yet, in Exodus 33 we read about how Moses would take a tent and pitch it far outside the camp to meet with God. God spoke to him there… alone. This place of solitude became a place of encounter with God. His close “face to face” time with his Creator resulted in Moses being able to mediate the presence of God to others. This was his ultimate contribution as a leader.

As historic of a leader as Moses is in scripture, his doubts about himself are equally as noticeable; “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? What if they don’t believe me? I’m slow of speech. God, can you send someone else?” These are all words that Moses said to God because in his flesh he didn’t see how he could accomplish what God was telling him to do. God was with him just like He promised though and now Moses stands out as a leader for all time. Despite his doubts, he was still able to hear from God and lead the people God had entrusted to him.

What overcomes the doubts, what clarifies the way forward, and what gives us confidence in our calling is the voice of God. We know that Moses’ ability to move beyond his doubts and his shortcomings was directly tied to his willingness to stop and hear the only voice that could speak louder than his insecurity.

I’ve been reading a book called, “Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership” and this quote struck me.

“One of the major limitations of imagination’s fruits is the fear of standing out. It is more than the fear of criticism. It is the anxiety of being alone, of being in a position where one can rely little on others, a position that puts one’s resources to the test, a position where one will have to take total responsibility for one’s own response. Leaders must not only not be afraid of that position; they must come to love it. This kind of loneliness—being in a position where we must take total responsibility for ourselves and for what God is calling us to do no matter what others are doing—is an absolute truth of leadership.”

Moses didn’t fear solitude or aloneness… he leaned into it. In fact, his solitude led to the kind of encounters with God that fueled him for the tasks at hand. What made him so effective as a leader was that he had seen the glory of God and people could tell. The glory of God was visibly present upon his face

What are some doubts you have about yourself and your abilities? Or maybe you’re simply worried about being able to accomplish what God has put in your heart to do. Do you ever fear solitude?

Take courage, knowing that God desires to be with you and provide everything you need!

God has entrusted you to be someone who proclaims truth over the airwaves… whether it’s through programming, organizing donor and community events or being an on-air personality…I am praying for you to “lead the way” into something new that stands out…for each of you to neither turn to the right or to the left but walk straight into God’s plans for you.

As Eugene Peterson says, “The Christian life consists of what God says to us, not what we say about God.”

Lean in to solitude. Let it become a place of encounter with God. Let him speak to you and let His glory be upon you in such a way that those around you can see it.

Tasha Layton

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