Reading: “But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD …” Psalm 73:28

In addition to this habitual disposition of solitude and separation at the normal devotional time, it is an exceptional means for the increase of godliness if we occasionally designate a special time in which we fully separate ourselves from the company of men. This can be for some hours or some days. Everyone must proceed here, however, in a manner consistent with his physical and spiritual condition … The Lord, who will not be sought in vain, will cause you to rejoice and there will be some measure of increase in your godly disposition.

Adapted from Wilhelmus à Brakel (The Christian’s Reasonable Service: 4:20-21)