Quiet

"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)

This morning I ran. I run on most mornings, but this morning was different. It was snowing. The flakes were light and fine. They chilled my face, but provided an insulation to the world around me. The noises that usually come in the morning–birds chirping, cars moving, dogs barking–were all hushed. This kind of peace and quiet, though not foreign, is not easily experienced in our world today.

We don't live in quite times. Something is always demanding our attention. Spouses, kids, church, work, and friends (all good things) all want a piece of our time. Then there is social networking. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and the like might put off a semblance of quiet as you gaze uninterrupted into your little screen, but these too are screaming in your face for more of you.

Stillness is not something we're good at any more, but it's certainly something we should labor to recover.

Quietness is a value seen throughout the bible. It's in quietness where God meets us. Furthermore, quietness is the result of a healthy relationship with God.

"And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." (Isaiah 32:17-18).

Jesus is the only one who can do this for us. He is the only man who experienced the quiet that is spoken of in Isaiah, because he is the only perfectly righteous man. But the good news is that by faith, we get Christ's righteousness! This means quietness for us too.

If you haven't done so already, take some time to be quiet today. Think on these verses in Isaiah. Speak the gospel truth to your heart that this quietness, peace, and security is yours too in Christ.