Sit Down, Stop Striving, Rest in His Presence

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down…. (John 6:10).

Israel is a desert and green pastures are not in great abundance. Whenever we hear that a place is filled with green, spacious grass we need to place within our minds an understanding that God’s provision lies there. As 5,000 men, plus women and children sat down before the Lord there was not much within the disciple’s hands to provide lunch for the masses, but God had something to give them from the hand of His provision.
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I am not one who is quick to sit down. I like being on the go. I enjoy being up and moving. Sometimes, to my detriment. I can very easily get myself in a state of feeling worn out by pushing myself too much.
 
There is something that God wants to bless us with, in the places of rest. There’s a provision that our heart needs. Could it be that God is asking us to “sit down,” but we are too busy going from this thing to that to really take the time to be still before Him? We do our devotions on the go and listen to them while getting ready for work or while driving. Yet, God longs to fill our hearts with His love and abundance as we sit still in His presence, ready to be filled with His love.
 
I try to eat while driving. This usually never turns out well for me because its hard to focus on two things at the same time. I end up with something on my shirt or on the floormat of my car. We cannot fully be still in the Lord’s presence if we are doing two things at the same time. When Jesus asks us to sit down what He’s really saying is, “I have something I want to give you. It’s something from my hand to your heart. It’s wrapped in my great love for you. It’s the joy of my presence. It’s the blessing of my plans, purposes, and grace to you. It’s me, providing for you what you need, but you keep running about trying to satisfy your own heart. Won’t you please sit down in my pasture?”
 
As we rest with God, we find a joy that awaits our hearts in the stillness of His presence, but in order to do that, we must sit down, pause from all our striving and meet with the Father of peace so that our hearts might become surrendered to His love that dances over us.
 
Jesus, today I want to sit with you in green pastures to receive from your hand the grace of your provision. I want to be a woman whose heart is fully alive in your presence. I want to be safe and secure in who I am in you. Jesus, if I am running, show me where so that I might learn to sit before your feet. I want to be your disciple, Amen.

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