Quietness

People seem to hate quietness. They will do anything just to have a little noise. They must have the sounds of radios, stereos, tape players, talking, etc. going all the time. Even thirty seconds of complete silence is unbearable to most people.

The Bible tells us that quietness can be a great blessing. Isaiah wrote by inspiration: “For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength….” (Isaiah 30:15 NASB).

Simon Peter declares that a woman’s most beautiful adornment is: “….the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:4 NASB). Paul urged the Thessalonian Christians to “….make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business….” (1 Thessalonians 4:11 NASB).

We are taught that our prayers are to include requests that we “….may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2 NASB).

Quietness is more important than an abundance of this world’s goods. Solomon said: “Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than house full of feasting with strife” (Proverbs 17:1 NASB).

Perhaps by now, all can see that the quietness of which the Bible speaks is more than an anti-noise ordinance. It starts within and is displayed in the dignity of our behavior. It comes as a result of our trust in God (Philippians 4:6-7; cf. Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB).

Beloved, are you blessed with the quietness of which the Bible speaks? —Pat Stephenson

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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