Ecclesiastes 9:17 “The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.”
It takes a particular skill to be quiet.
To still one’s heart, to calm the questions, worries, doubts, and fears take time and should become a learned behavior of all of God’s children. It should be the precursor to reading, meditation, prayer, and sleep.
To be at peace with yourself. To be accepting of where you’re at at this point in your life. Whether you have yet to achieve or have conquered, regarded in high esteem or forgotten; every child of God should find a resting place in the presence of God that calms their heart.
It is the place where the wise person dwells.
The prophet Elijah sought for God. God told him to stand upon the mount. A strong wind came and tore the mountain in pieces. God was not in the wind. He felt an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. Then came a fire, but God was not in the fire.
Then came a still, small voice. It was then that Elijah wrapped his face in his mantle and knew it was God come to speak with him.
In this age of technology, it has all but destroyed our ability to be quiet. We need stimuli. Whether it’s an app telling us the time, the weather, the latest news blurb, the score to last night’s game, or music to fill the void, we shun the peace of being quiet.
Are we afraid? Do we fear what we might hear? Are we comfortable to be alone with our thoughts? Are we able to distinguish the voices we hear when we can be quiet?
The questions and many more are brought to those willing to enter into the quiet place. Having the answers to these questions is what the wise seek. It is easy to listen to those that cry out, telling us what we should do.
As a child of the living God who desires to have a personal relationship with me, I think it discourteous to shun those God places in our life to teach, to mentor, and to disciple us. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to draw me, to teach me, and to comfort me. I must first be taught who He is, and His invaluable place in my life.
John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
My loving, Heavenly Father gave me His words to find the wisdom I seek, the solace I crave, and the peace that calms my soul. He tells me:
Psalm 46:10-11 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
Often, it is unsettling when we feel unloved, unaccepted, or insecure. I can find all of that in my God.
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Ephesians 1:5-6 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
Proverbs 1:33 “But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
I could fill pages of verses and passages that, over the years, have revealed my God’s heart to me. The practice of meditation and memorization being lost among God’s people. Being quiet is one of the first steps to meditation and needed when memorizing.
The ability to focus on a single thought or truth takes great effort to those who have never been in the practice of it.
Often, our prayers are so scattered because it’s reflective of our minds. The ability to be quiet and focused on who it is we are speaking, aides our prayers, and centers our worship. You cannot walk through the motions of a walk with God. Your prayers will seem hollow, and your reading becomes a chore.
When we are quiet, the door opens to intimacy with God; only the wise person knows. Choose wisdom. God gives it freely to all who will ask it of Him.
James 1:5-6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”