Pondering God’s Purpose

pondering in prayerPondering God’s Purpose

After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion (Luke 1:24).

Scripture: Luke 1:24, 25
Song: “Alone with God”

I needed a break—or at least a short sabbatical. Maybe our church building project had affected me more than I realized. Although I enjoyed being a minister, my heart was somewhere else these days. My interests were changing. After decades of ministry, did God have other plans for me? Why would God ask me to start writing now?

I needed time to mull things over. I remembered that the apostle Paul sought solitude after his conversion experience on the Damascus Road. He allowed time for God’s message to saturate his heart (see Galatians 1:16–18). Moses spent time on Mount Sinai. Elijah rested by a brook. Jesus himself sought out the quietness of the wilderness. In seclusion, they all communed with the Father. Similarly, Elizabeth remained by herself to reflect on the favor of God.

We today also need time alone with God. Thankfully, He draws us to “isolated places” in our lives that we might simply wait on Him. In the quiet, we can ponder His goodness and learn more of His purposes.

Draw me away, Oh Lord, to that secret place of prayer. Help me listen closely for Your still, small voice. In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

“Pondering God’s Purpose” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2007 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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4 thoughts on “Pondering God’s Purpose

  1. Linda Hutchison

    when I ponder the direction my life is taking…. I find myself alone and talking to God about my future…. the music and prayer we share show me the right way and the route I must take….Thank you Precious Jesus for your guidance and Love….Amen


    1. Charles Earl Harrel Post author

      Hi Linda. There is wisdom in pondering over things in the quietness of His presence. Although our circumstances seem lonely at times, we are never truly alone when we are in Him. We think of you often. Need to get down your way sometime. Prayers and blessings, Pastor & Laura


  2. Angela Gering

    Pastor Charles,
    I really needed to hear that. God has me in a good spot. … but I kinda feel a little lost…. Thank you for being there. If you message me on Facebook, I would love to talk to you at your convenience.
    I love you!
    Little Missionary


    1. Charles Earl Harrel Post author

      Hi Angie. You are welcome. We all face changes and challenges. Some have immediate solutions, others do not. Pondering (our time alone with God) helps us sort things out. Yes, I’ll see if you are on FB later. Blessings, Pastor



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