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.
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…
Quietness. It’s that whitespace in between paragraphs of words. That space where the eyes rests. The portion left untouched. The space that is less crowded.
It reminds me of all the times David wrote selah in his psalms. It gives us pause to think on it. It is that uncrowded space we find when we release our hold on earthly tethers and bow in the presence of the Lord. To listen. To commune. To welcome His rest.
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 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.
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, and quietness.
God said through Isaiah, “In returning [retirement, withdrawal] and rest [a quiet attitude] you shall be saved [freed, victorious]; in quietness [at peace and undisturbed] and confidence [trust] shall be your strength [force and victory].” (Is. 30:15 NKJV, definitions added) The rest of that verse says, “But you would not.”
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 crave.
That quietness is always there, even when our hearts are stirred up. Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6), resides within us. He is The Ruler, The Captain, The Commander of Shalom, ordaining peace for us. (Is. 26:12 KJV)
What has drawn you away from that quietness in the Lord’s presence? Doubt or worry? Sin or anger? Lack or unforgiveness? Loss or grief? What about conveniences like cellphones, computers, or ipads? A steady will, a stayed heart, and “letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Rom. 8:6 NLT)
That peace, that quietness is there. Unless too many blankets of unrest have been thrown over it. It’s there. He ordained it for you. He lives it in you and gives it to you.
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