May 20, 2023

A Deeper Faith

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“I did not immediately … go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter.”—Galatians 1:16–18

Even as a young man, Vladimir Horowitz distinguished himself as an extraordinary pianist, dazzling audiences with his technique. But to everyone’s surprise, he retired in 1953. He was only 50 years old.

When he returned to the concert platform in 1965, it was clear he had changed. He still had the same technique. But, as another master pianist observed, “everything had been re-thought, re-felt, relived.” Horowitz emerged with new depth and maturity. Thanks to his time of study and withdrawal, his performances seemed fresher and filled with more insight.

Christians need to consider the importance of withdrawing for a time. After Paul’s conversion, he “went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.” After several years, he went to Jerusalem. Later he described a break of 14 years after which he returned to Jerusalem again (Galatians 2:1).

During these times, Paul studied and prayed. The depth of his ministry reflected this time of withdrawal and renewal.

The Bible urges us to realize how easy it can be to fall into ruts. We need time alone with God—time for prayer and study, reflection and renewal. Without these times, we can become cold and stale.

God has prepared abundant blessings for you. There are life-changing revelations and deeper insights yet to be discovered. Spend quality time alone with Him, withdrawn from the world.

Reflection Question: Do you need to retreat to get a clearer vision of what God wants for you?

Father, I seek You with my whole heart. Help me hear from You. Teach me Your ways. Fill me anew with Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Galatians 1