Quiet Heart

Do not rush.
And keep a quiet heart.

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.
(Proverbs 14:30 ESV)

You cannot keep a quiet heart when you are always rushing from one thing to the next. We must be still from time to time, and bask in His presence, even if it’s stillness inside while running a home full of littles.
It is when we worship and listen that He shows us Himself – and ourselves. When we rush on, we don’t take time to see ourselves in the mirror of scripture. Painful as it is sometimes, when we see the depths of our sin – but without seeing it it’s hard to be sanctified.

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore.
(Psalm 131 ESV)

I think a quiet heart can mean a number of things – being still before the Lord, being content with what you have (as seen in Proverbs, and Psalm 131 – the Psalmist does not seek after things too great and marvelous for himself, but is content with his lot), and not fretting because you trust in the Lord.

P.S. – the first three lines of this are taken from Elisabeth Elliot’s book “Keep a Quiet Heart,” which I highly recommend!


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