Daily D – John 6:10
“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) JOHN 6:10 (NLT)
Have you ever noticed that God does some of his best work when we cannot do anything but be still? Consider Israel trapped between the Egyptian army and the deep Red Sea.
But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. . . . Just stay calm.”
Exod. 14:13, 14
Psalm 46:10, which almost everyone knows, says, “Be still, and know that I am God!”
We could go on and talk about lions’ dens and fiery furnaces and so many other occasions where all God’s people could do was to be still and watch what only God could do.
One of my favorite western movies is Silverado. The recently deceased Brian Dennehy has a classic line near the end of the movie that fits so many of these situations. When asked if there is going to be trouble, he responds, “Hide and watch.”
There was not enough money to buy food among Jesus’ disciples. There was no place to buy food if they had the money. What they did have were at least 5,000 men who were tired and hungry. They also had a generous little boy with five barley loaves and two fish.
When dinner was over, “they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves,” (v. 13). They finished with more than they started with.
There are two commanding statements from Jesus in this story: “Tell everyone to sit down,” and “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”
Being still can be the most productive thing we can do.
When we become convinced that we cannot provide for ourselves, God has a way of stepping so that people can see his unmistakable hand at work.
Sit down. Be still. Stand still. Watch God do what he does best. And do not waste the lessons of this season.
I will be still.
Our Father, you have our attention. We are still. What’s next. We will watch and wait. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“