I’ve got the mute button pressed on this computer, but sometimes, sitting here, all the updates and posts and news can blare so loud. So many times I think that I need to be here reading or writing or working or that I need to be in the kitchen or the laundry room. So many times I forget that what I really need is just to get some quiet. Whether waking earlier, or sneaking away during rest time or keeping watch late at night, there is something that happens with Christ in the quiet that is so special.
So, if you’re needing encouragement, like me, to sneak away and get some quiet too, here are 5 reasons to do so.
1Quietness precedes strength.
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
2Quietness is a response to His love.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17
3Quietness helps you hear His whisper.
“And after the fire the sound of a low whisper…And behold, there came a voice to him” 1 Kings 19:12b-13
4Quietness welcomes salvation.
“It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:26
5Quietness can make us beautiful.
“…but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:4
There’s a time and a season for everything. Don’t misunderstand me: there will always be a need and a season to speak. But I’d say we err more on the side of loud than we do toward quiet. In this age of information, we can inform ourselves to death and numb our minds to the one piece of news that will actually make us happy.
Jason and I talk it through, naming them-how God came to each of them when they were alone and quiet. Abram in the late evening, Moses shepherding in the desert, Samuel in the middle of the night, Jacob as he lay there all alone mid-journey, Hagar when she sat alone with her dying son….
Sure God can do anything He wants. But, at least from His track record in Scripture, we can gather that He most often seems to meet us when we’re quiet. So find a quiet space and listen for the whisper, let Him make you strong and beautiful and save you in your particular, everyday place. Perhaps when we get quiet, we’ll find He never really was…but was only waiting for us to turn it all off and listen.
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Eccl. 5:1