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Afraid of Quiet?

Anchor Devotional - 09.11.19


“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.’”

Isaiah 30:15

Clamor. There may be no better word that describes the din which constantly surrounds us. We all say we long for quiet, but at the same time we fill up our lives with noise. The TV is always on in the background, the car radio is tuned in to our favorite station, and Netflix is continually available to fill the void if we are bored. All the text messages, emails, and social media apps create a noise of sorts, too. An outside observer might say that we turn up the volume of life-noise because we’re afraid of quiet.

If you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, you need not be afraid of quiet. He will meet you there! Through the psalmist, He gently says, “Be still and know that I am God” (46:10).

We have a hard time grasping that command. Perhaps we do not hear the Lord’s voice because He can’t be heard over the racket of our busy lives. God will get our attention one way or another. He may even reach out to us in a startling, big way. But more likely He will come to us in His still, small voice. Listen for it; it’s always there.

Scripture Focus

1 Kings 19:1-18

Insight

See if you can introduce more quiet into your life, and see what happens when you do. Then let the “clamor” be joyful noises to the Lord!

Read the Bible

  • Song of Solomon 7-8
  • Psalm 72
  • John 12