Sitting On A Hill

October 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions

I just heard a news report that parents and their young children are not getting enough sleep.  I hope they didn’t pay a lot for that research, because we could have told them that.  My husband and I require different amounts of sleep, but both of us need our down time.  As Christians we also need God time.  Not only time to study and pray, but also time to just sit and be still.  Our spirits plea for us to take time to simply listen and be renewed.  Jesus needed the same thing.

It would have been easy for Jesus to keep preaching, knowing He only had a few days left.  This easily overlooked passage tells us, in the midst of it all He went out and sat on a hill.  How many times have I said, “I have so much to do before I can rest tonight”?  Even Jesus, the Son of God, the Holy One Himself, knew He needed renewal each night.  Yes, parents, children, and everyone else are most likely not getting enough rest.  And every Christian can probably use more time to sit on a hill and be still with God.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us set aside the big to-do list each night and spend a few minutes with You in stillness, sitting on a hill.

“So every day Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, but at night he went and stayed on the Mount of Olives,” Luke 21:37 NET.

Today’s devotion is by Cheri Cowell, a student at Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando).  Cheri writes and speaks on the deep questions of faith.  Her first book Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life (Beacon Hill) is described as a biblically sound, no nonsense approach to making God-centered life choices.  For comments or to inquire about her speaking schedule, visit

About Cheri Cowell

Cheri Cowell is the author of the new Bible study, Parables and Word Pictures of the New Testament: Following God series

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