God’s Word grabbed me again. I love those three words: He giveth quietness.
Quietness in Hebrew means tranquil, undisturbed, rest, repose, peace.
Quietness. Undisturbed in the midst of a storm, just as the bird resting on a branch and singing in the image above.
Undisturbed as Peter walking on the surging swells of water before he developed eye-switchery.
Undisturbed. At rest. As Jesus in the back of the boat, reposed on a pillow in the midst of a tempestuous squall. Awakened by the disciples, Jesus waves His hand of forbiddance over the raging elements and says, “Peace, be still!” (Mark 4:39 NKJV)
He actually says, “Silence! Be muzzled!” The New Living Translation says it close to that, “Silence! Be still!” Just as suddenly as the storm arose, the turbulence turn-tailed and ceased. A great tranquility came over the sea.
Did you hear it? The hush of silence. He giveth quietness.
We sail the sea of life with Him, under midnight skies of loss, with winds of adversity huffing at our sails, amidst whirlwinds of trials swirling around us, and billows of heartaches threatening to overwhelm us.
But in the midst of all that, there is a hushed silence. He giveth quietness. He will keep (guard, protect, watch over, preserve) the one who fixes his mind on Him, trusting in Him. (Is. 26:3) Leaning upon Him. Resting in Him as one’s support.
He giveth quietness.
Jesus left us His peace, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT) This peace is the equivalent of shalom; it is tranquility, security, safety, prosperity, quietness.
That quietness is always there, even when our hearts are agitated or stirred up. Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6), resides within us. He is The Ruler, The Captain, The Commander of Shalom.
But too many times, we pull up the blanket of bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, selfishness, doubt, worry, or some other blanket of agitation and hide the peace we so desperately need.
God said through Isaiah, “In returning [retirement, withdrawal] and rest [a quiet attitude] you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Is. 30:15 NKJV, definitions added)
The rest of the verse? “But you would not.” Has doubt or worry drawn you aside, away from that quietness? A steady will, a stayed heart, and “letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Rom. 8:6 NLT)
Amid losses. Amid griefs. Amid lacks. Amid turmoils. Amid heartaches. Amid tempestuous storms…the Commander of Shalom will “ordain peace for us.” (Is. 26:12 KJV)
That peace, that quietness is there. Unless there are too many blankets of unrest covering it. It’s there. He ordained it for you. He lives it in you and gives it to you.
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