To think. To rest. To retreat from the public drama unfolding on the stage of our life. Maybe we need to hole up in some quiet corner to lick our wounds. Or perhaps we just need a little time–and space–to regain our equilibrium.
And we retreat farther and farther into ourselves. Then get comfortable there.
I admit I have my own “hermit” tendencies, often seeking the “safety” of my solitary shell to avoid the chaos outside its comfy confines. Yet God created none of us to burrow down by ourselves.
And with good reason.
When we isolate ourselves, especially from other believers:
We miss God’s provision of friendship. “Two are better than one.. …if one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” (Ecclesiastes 4:10)
We forfeit the power of fellowship. “I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to make you strong–that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” (Romans 1:11)
We lose the protection of the pack. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
We play right into the enemy’s hands. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8)
When we remove ourselves from all of God’s layers of protection, we furnish our enemy with the opportunity to single us out–and crush us.
So, if you are a hermit like me, don’t get stuck in your shell. Make a phone call, or a coffee date, and a commitment to rejoin God’s people….then step out to receive all God has waiting for you today.
It can be very difficult to take the first step out of our shell. What has helped you?