Years ago, an unexpected friendship came my way. Despite an age difference of four decades, we made an immediate soul connection. My friend repeatedly told me to respond to every situation with quietness and confidence.
“When you respond with quietness and confidence you will be perceived as strong because you will be strong.”
These two words were written in almost every note my friend sent along with the specific God-word: ” . . . In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15, NKV).
The experience of receiving the strength of God in quietness and confidence can never be underestimated, especially in the hard places. Quietness does not always come easy or even seem possible for us busy types, which seems to be almost everyone in the western hemisphere. Sometimes it takes all of our energy to become quiet. BUT. When the soul is quieted there’s space to settle what really matters.
It takes time and a decision to be soul-quiet in our noisy out-of-control world. It’s been practiced since the ancient days. The Psalmist wrote of it: “Of one thing I am certain: my soul has become calm, quiet, and contented in You” (Psalm 131:2a, Voice).
- Begin by make space in the day to become quiet, inviting the Spirit of God to be present.
- Let go of the noisy demands of the day.
- Be fully present in the presence of God.
Here’s what I know to be true: When I become quiet, I know God is not only present but at work, doing more than can be comprehended, which produces confidence.
Make space for the soul to exercise quietness and confidence this weekend. It will make a difference every. single. day.
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