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.
Wednesday, Day 3, November 30th
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 Jeremiah 23:5-6 slowly: Do not rush. Savor each word. Listen to the prophetic voice spoken approximately 600 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: This prophecy is spoken within the context of a warning regarding dangerous false shepherds. Days are coming when a just and righteous Savior will rise up and God’s people will live safe and secure. We are told to behold this reality. This Savior will be called, in the words of Eugene Peterson, “God-Who-Puts-Everything-Right”. This will be a time of slowing when people are at ease, united, and content, with a deep awareness of God’s presence.
Questions to consider: How can we behold God the righteous, become at ease, united content and deeply aware of God’s presence if we are constantly rushing? Could it be that this sense of ease and unity is the true state of things, yet we insist on running full speed blind to any sense of such a reality? Could this infer that in the slowing we discover the truth of God’s presence and become aware of the lie that we are on our own?