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Today’s Truth

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.”

(John 6:11 NIV)

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Have you ever noticed this pattern in the gospels: the disciples get in a bind and Jesus bails them out? Hmmm. Sounds a little bit about my life. How about you?

In John 6:1-15, we find the disciples in a precarious situation. Their lawn party had turned into quite a bash. The guests far exceeded their expectations, the disciples hadn’t planned on providing dinner, and it appeared the crowd was expecting refreshments. But the disciples didn’t have the funds or the food to feed them. All they could scrounge up were five loaves of bread and two dried fish. The crowd was getting restless, the disciples were getting anxious, and Jesus was getting ready. He took the five loaves and two fish and told the crowd to sit down—to be quiet.

Then He lifted the food toward heaven, blessed it, and commanded the disciples to hand out the provisions to those who were seated. He didn’t feed the people who were running around worrying – but the ones who were at rest. To those He gave immeasurably more than they could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20), with twelve baskets left over.

When we trust God, we will have rest and peace in our lives. I want you to do something for me. Right now, I want you to use your imagination.

The Bible tells us in Ephesians that we are “in Christ” and Christ is “in us.” It also tells us that we are seated “in heavenly places” and “transferred to the kingdom of Christ.” Picture yourself sitting right beside Jesus under a spreading oak tree. Perhaps His arm is around your shoulder and your head is resting on his chest. You can feel the beating of His heart against your cheek and your head moves with the rise and fall of His breathing. With His other hand, He strokes your head and immediately knows how many hairs are on your head. His breath warms your skin as it brushes past your face. Imagine Him looking into your eyes and knowing your innermost being and meeting your gaze with a warm, affirming smile reassuring you of His love and care.

Now tell me, as you imagine yourself in the presence of Jesus, how anxious do you feel? How rejected do you feel? How worried are you about tomorrow?

You may be thinking, “Yes, Sharon. I feel at peace in that scene. But that’s not reality.” Dear sister, that is the greater reality. No matter what you are going through today, Jesus is right there with you. So maybe we just need to sit down and be quiet for a while.

Take a moment and still your soul. After you do so, leave a comment and let me know how you felt.

Let’s Pray
Dear Father, I’ll admit, sometimes I am so busy running around trying to solve my problems, I miss Your provision. Help me listen to You more closely and see Your provision more clearly. I don’t want to miss what You have for me today. Help me to sit down and be quiet—to rest in You.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
Is it difficult for you to sit down and be quiet with Jesus?

What keeps you from taking time to be still before Him?

Today, take at least ten minutes to be still with Jesus. No multi-tasking. No closing your eyes and worrying and calling it prayer. Don’t do this while driving the car or washing the dishes. Just you and Jesus. Give Him your full attention.

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13 Responses to “Sit Down and Be Quiet”

  1. Bernadette says:

    What a way to find immediate peace.

  2. Shelly Burns says:

    Thank you for this message today. I’m not sure I made 10 minutes, but I was still and quiet. At first it was hard and I thought if everything I should be doing, but I just kept sitting and quieting my mind. I could feel the anxiety lessen and the peace come over me. I need to be more intentional about this and other things in my life. That’s going to be my word for 2020. It came to me this morning. I sit down every day with GIG, but I often say I don’t have time to just be still with God. I’m making time.

  3. Laura says:

    When I was reading your description of leaning my head on Jesus’ chest and him stroking my head it brought back memories of me as a child and my grandmother stroking my head comforting me and me falling asleep in her arms. It was probably one of the most peaceful times in my life. Thank you for that reminder

  4. Amy says:

    I needed this today! Peace is what I needed and that is what I felt. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Elaine says:

    Thank you for your devotion.. I find myself everyday going in circles trying to figure everything out. But with today’s devotion, I’m learning to sit down and be quiet and trust God for everything..

    Bless you and your ministry and your devotions.

    Elaine

  6. Peggie says:

    This was beautiful Sharon….thank you for your insight, and seemingly, ability to have the word for just what I need each day! I know that is God working through you, and the other GIG’s as well. How He lines things up, in my ‘big picture’ to provide the best benefit for me, when I am so undone, never ceases to amaze me! Blessings on your day😊

  7. Kathy says:

    I found myself crying as I read this reflection. Quiet time with Jesus, what a precious experience. Thank you.

  8. Kathye says:

    Thank you so much. It was so calming and comforting. I must do this more.

  9. Sue says:

    Thank you so much Sharon for todays message. As I was still imagining being next to Jesus and having his arm around me, it brought back something that happened to me years ago. I was getting deeper and deeper into my therapy session with my therapist. One day was exceptionally difficult. I couldn’t drive during this period of time so my husband was driving me. I was doing a lot of crying at that time. That particular day, on our way home, I asked my husband to stop at our church. I wanted to go in and pray. We went in the church and I sat down. My husband didn’t sit with me but behind me. While crying and praying for some guidance, I felt an arm go around me. I just stayed there until I felt I could go home. When I got up and turned to my husband, I asked if he had put his arm around me. He said that he hadn’t touched me while in church. At that point, I knew that Jesus had his arm around mean and I felt comfort knowing I would be able to get through my therapy sessions. What an amazing God we have.

  10. Cathy says:

    It took me a long time to discipline myself to have a daily quiet time with God. There is nothing as valuable in my day. I’ve learned something so simple yet so extraordinary: my faith + trust = peace!

  11. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much Sharon for your message today. I am definitely in need of quiet and peace with my Savior, Jesus Christ, today.
    I have been battling breast cancer since August 2018. Two surgeries, chemotherapy and proton radiation that left me with second and third-degree burns and sequestered in my home this summer for 33 days. Thanksgiving is upon us and all the rush and scheduling that comes with Christmas. I am taking time today to be quiet with my Lord, to do my devotions and to imagine Him right beside me. I take time every morning to be with Him but the day quickly closes in with it’s to-do list. May you and yours enjoy the peace of Christ this Thanksgiving and Christmas as we celebrate the only ONE who can calm our spirit and bless us with His peace each day. I am so thankful for friends and family who have helped me through this past year!

  12. Rhonda says:

    He looks into my eyes and knows my innermost being… And he loves me anyway. He knows I’m struggling, and he loves me anyway. He knows how much I hate myself and he loves me anyway.

    I am scheduling in some Jesus time today.

  13. heidi gardner says:

    Thank you so much for this devotional. I am on the way to a medical appointment today and need this time to trust and spend time with Jesus. It is so hard for me to just sit still and not think of all the things I need to do during this busy time of the year.
    God bless you for challenging all of us and reminding us of the importance of putting Jesus first.

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