”…in quietness and trust is your strength…”  [Isaiah 30:15b]

In times of great difficulty and great expectation, it is our wisdom to keep our spirits calm, quiet, and sedate; for then we are in the best frame both to do our own work and to consider the work of God [Matthew Henry]

One definition of maturity is the ability to keep one’s emotions under control.  It’s also the last on the list of the fruit of the Spirit.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and  self-control.” [Galatians 5:22] Whatever definition you might use, passion held in check by self-control is powerful, productive and is above all else ‘quiet’.

1—Quietness produces the ability to hear the voice of the Spirit—unshackled by fear, a quiet spirit can catch the gentle whisper of God’s voice and be made steadfast and emotionally stable.

2—Quietness produces a confidence that what God has said He is well able to perform—it is in the difficult situation that the greatest expectation is birthed—a quiet trust that knows  “… the Lord your God Himself fights for you.”  [Deut. 3:22]

3—Quietness is the effect of struggle stripped of all but the strength found in God.  An utter dependence steeped in stillness and reflecting the silence of a heart passionate for Christ alone.

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