A Call to Be Much Alone With God

Horatius BonarBe much alone with God. Do not put Him off with a quarter of an hour morning and evening. Take time to get thoroughly acquainted. Converse over everything with Him…every thought, feeling, wish, plan, and doubt to Him. He wants converse with His creatures; shall His creatures not want converse with Him? He wants, not merely to be on “good terms” with you, if one may use man’s phrase, but to be intimate. Shall you decline the intimacy and be satisfied with mere acquaintance? What! Intimate with the world, with friends, with neighbors, with politicians, with philosophers, with naturalists, or with poets; but not with God? That would look ill indeed. Folly, to prefer the clay to the potter, the marble to the sculptor, this little earth and its lesser creatures to the mighty Maker of the universe, the great "All and in all"!

—Horatius Bonar, Scottish churchman and hymnist, 1808-1889

This quote originally appeared in the Fall/Winter issue of Eternal Perspectives, EPM's quarterly magazine.

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