Initial note: to make the most of these devotionals it is suggested that the disciple does their best to enter into the Scripture as if hearing it for the very first time, in the presence of the very first hearers. Allow yourself to feel the location, and the message in a sensory manner. In other words live God’s Word. I have found that this approach can move us into what can only be described as a timeless place, where we can truly experience the slowing we seek in God’s presence.
Tuesday, Day Two, November 29th
Lord Jesus, help me to slow down and to truly experience Your sacred Word, giving myself permission to take time and to allow the Scriptures to move in and through my spirit, soul, mind and body. In the precious name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen
Read Zechariah 9:9-10 slowly: Do not rush. Savor each word. Listen to the prophetic voice spoken approximately 550 years prior to the birth of Jesus. You may want to read it several times, with no agenda but to simply hear God’s Word spoken into your heart. Allow the words to reverberate in your mind. Be open and aware of any thoughts and feelings; physically and emotionally without dwelling on them. Let yourself slowdown in God’s presence. Feel the slowing. When you feel fully recollected consider the thought that follows. Finally consider the questions provided. You may be drawn to journal your thoughts as you move through God’s Word. Be open to this direction as it comes upon you.
Thought: In these verses we hear a call to rejoice, for the king is coming. But this king is not the usual king. This king is just, endowed with salvation, and humble. Yet, this king shows no need to rush, no fast steed to ride upon, only a slow yet steady donkey. This king speaks peace to the nations, and maintains a peaceful worldwide rule. With this description there seems to be comfort even as there is great power, all within the context of peace
Questions to consider: How does the idea of peace on earth resonate with our need to slow down and to live in the present moment with God, others, and even with ourselves? How might we take on a slower, steadier pace, in our lives? How do you feel right now when you consider this possibility?