“Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it
Than a house full of feasting with strife.”
—Proverbs 17:1 NASB
Though I’ve been alone with myself in the house nearly all day, it’s only tonight that the quietness arrives, a quiet I feel in my soul and down my weary spine.
This is the quiet of finished tasks, an end of trying to do enough for the day. How much I have done today may be small, but now is the end of doing. Now is the time for being. And for being quiet.
“Cease striving and know that I am God,” the Lord commands in Psalm 46:10 (NASB). Other translations render it, “Be still.” Sometimes, in my mind, I read it as, “Hush.”
The Lord invites us to rest in Him, to make an end of trying to do enough for our lives, our salvation. “The one who has entered [God’s] rest,” the writer of Hebrews tells us, “has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His” (4:10) (NASB).
Here I am quiet in the sufficiency of my Savior, who has “done for us all our works” (Isaiah 26:12, ESV), the Savior who declared on the tree of the curse, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
He does not require great doings of me, but declares that the work God requires is believing in Him (John 6:29).
Here “I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me” (Psalm 131:2).
No strife here: He leads me beside quiet waters and spreads before me a feast (Psalm 23). I am glad.
Today I link up with Kate Motaung to write on her Five Minute Friday prompt, quiet. The “quiet” button above will take you to her site, where you can read more quiet posts and join in Five Minute Friday yourself.
©2016 by Stacy Crouch