Quietness: Cultivating the Hidden Person of the Heart

The apostle Paul tells us in 1Thessalonians 4:11 that we ought to study to be quiet.”notewithpencilwithShhh

Quietness — the opposite of what goes on in the world.

The whirling activities of the world do not nurture a steadiness of mind and temperament. The world’s commotions are an endless barrage of distractions, disruptions, and deceptions!

And then, many of us want to express ourselves. “Talk. Talk. Talk.” We are all eager to verbalize our own opinions! Who wants to be quiet?

But there are times, Dear Reader, when you and I just need to BE quiet! And really, haven’t we all had moments when we wished we HAD been quiet?!

Many of us have learned, the hard way, that often it is much better if we will have a stay-behind-the-scenes attitude, and be quiet, be still, and even be alone, away from the crowds!

Being of a quiet disposition is one essential quality we need to help us learn to walk with Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], our Maker. Being quiet is how we can begin to recognize His “still small voice” within us.

Yahuwah tells us that His Words are “heard in quietness (1Kings 19:12; Ecclesiastes 9:17). He also tells us:

“For thus saith Yahuwah Elohim [the Lord GOD], the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15a).

When we turn to Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], He gives us rest and a quietness of spirit  (Matthew 11:28-30). It is in this quietness that He gives us a confidence that becomes our strength — the confidence and trust that we belong to Him, and that we are hearing His voice, leading us into the right path.

‘Studying to be quiet’ however, takes much effort for every one of us. Our restless nature often refuses to refrain from voicing our opinion, especially since it is human nature to think we have the most accurate understanding of every situation! Ha ha!

I believe that learning to be quiet is the first step toward gaining a very precious thing — the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit!

A gentle and quiet spirit is a beautiful quality of those who belong to Yahuwah, for both men and women. Giving careful attention to being of a quiet, peaceful nature is the desire of all those who have humbly surrendered their heart to walk with Yahuwah, and who long to maintain a close relationship with Him.

‘Studying to be quiet‘ is NOT a mystical, trance-like activity. Studying to be quiet is simply a decisive process of separating ourselves from worldly passions, and cultivating the hidden characteristics of the heart.

The Qualities of the Bride

One of the beautiful qualities of the Bride of Messiah, is the “meek and quiet spirit,” which comes as a result of cultivating the hidden man of the heart, as the apostle Peter calls it:

Whose adorning . . . let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1Peter 3:3-4)

It is in this hidden arena of the heart where, both men and women, are to cultivate and nurture the beautiful inner character qualities — the qualities that set us apart from the world; the qualities that attract and delight our Bridegroom, Yahushua Messiah.

It is in this quiet hiddenness where we are trained to hear Father’s gentle discipline and chastening, as well as His comforting direction and instructions.

What kind of beauty does Yahushua delight in? What is He attracted to? What character qualities is He looking for in His Bride?

He is looking for the beautiful character qualities of humility, kindness, honesty, mercy, honour, modesty, self-control, joy, patience, yieldedness, content and peaceful, virtuous, and courageous — these are qualities of Messiah’s Bride!

But to cultivate these beautiful and attractive qualities, we must step back from what ‘Self’ wants, and learn to BE quiet, and learn to be content with being alone at times.

Hidden With Messiah

We must ‘die’ to Self. Only then can we begin to cultivate the hidden life we have been called to:

If ye then be risen with Messiah, seek those things which are above, where Messiah sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you [your life of sin and pleasing “Self”] are dead, and your life is hidden with Messiah in God. (Colossians 3:1-3).

Our hidden life begins when we reckon our Self-life to be dead to sin.

By being immersed in water baptism, we identify with Messiah by baptism into death — the death of our life of sin and pleasing of ‘self’ dies.

And then, like Messiah was raised up from the dead, we are made alive with Messiah, and begin to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4 and (Colossians 2:12-13). And, as the above passage tells us, when we are risen with Messiah, our life becomes hidden in Messiah.

Those who are still trapped in the world and its ways will not understand us, because in a mysterious way, we are hidden from the world.

The devil has blinded the world to our beauty and truth. But our beauty needs to be cultivated, by patiently learning, and discerning when, to say ‘No’ to our carnal nature.

Part of this learning process includes learning to be quiet, and at times, being alone because of our loyalty to Messiah.

Cultivating the ‘hidden person of the heart’ means making time daily, for hiding from the chaos of life, in order to be alone for secret prayer, for studying the Scriptures, and for seeking Father’s help in obeying His written Word. As we learn quietness, Father’s healing touch begins to bring restoration and peace to our soul.

Cultivating a ‘meek and quiet spirit’ includes making a conscious effort to listen carefully, and avoid the habit of constantly talking! A constant talker dominates the conversation. This tendency, to be the center of attention, and to dominate, is an indication of a demonic, controlling spirit. We must be very careful to guard ourselves against the desire to dominate, or control others.

By cultivating a quietness of heart, we learn to seek Father’s help in maintaining a right spirit (Psalms 51:9-12). By cultivating the hidden person of the heart, we begin to build the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, and we discern better how to follow Father’s written Word and His Ways.

The ‘hidden life in Messiah’ requires a quiet disposition for us to be able to hear His voice. And it requires also, alone times — times away from the crowds, because of our increasing desire for fellowship with the Master.

Is There a Key?

The gentle and quiet spirit can be difficult to cultivate. There is much that ‘SELF’ wants to say! Often we do not like being quiet.

patience-prayerwithverseIs there a key to learning quietness?

I believe the KEY to learning quietness is steadfast patience and endurance!

Praying for patience and endurance is all-important!

Quietness requires patience and steadfast endurance — in other words, a determination to persevere in our patience and NOT GIVE UP!

If we can begin to be patient, then we will begin to notice something — we will have fewer troubles! Patience helps us avoid troubles, and helps us gain more wisdom: “the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9).

Think about how important patience and endurance really is!

It is through faith and patient endurance, that the children of Yahuwah inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12)!

And without patient endurance, Abraham would not have obtained the promise of Yahuwah’s blessings (Hebrews 6:13-15)!

Oh let us be so thankful for Abraham’s patience!!

Abraham’s testimony continues to this day. His example in Scripture is for all of Yahuwah’s children. By heeding Abraham’s example, and by heeding the warnings in the book of Hebrews, we too — through patient endurance — will obtain Yahuwah’s blessing!

It is also true, that as we grow in our patience and endurance, we become more and more a blessing to others! Patience and endurance is one way we show our love to others!

Let me say however, that I certainly believe there are times when we do need to speak up! I am not suggesting that any of us be a silent ‘doormat’ and not ever voice necessary insights and comments!! What I am saying is that most of us need to learn quietness as a way of gaining discernment, wisdom, and maturity, as well as growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Yahushua Messiah!

“Peace and quietness in silence and solitude are what the wisest and best of men most earnestly covet! Gracious souls wish to retire from the hurry and bustle of this world, that they may sweetly enjoy God.” — Matthew Henry

Say Less! Listen More!

A quiet nature is more patient, more peaceful, and is more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and direction. Our quietness helps us to allow the Holy Spirit to soften us.

A quiet nature helps us discern a wrong spirit within ourselves.

A quiet nature helps us to be more self-controlled, and more content with ourselves and others.

A quiet nature helps us seek the Holy Spirit’s solutions, rather than rushing in with our own, carnal solutions.

A big indication that we are growing in wisdom, and acquiring a patient, peaceful spirit, is our lack of much talking!

Our quietness will therefore, help us be more discerning about the words we do speak: The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable (Proverbs 10:32a).

“Be content to do quietly and gently what is fitting for you to do, and let everything else be unto you, as though it were not” — François Fenelon

Waiting patiently in secret prayer and in study of Yah’s Word, seeking His guidance and wisdom — that is the start of studying to BE quiet!

Let us grit our teeth and determine, with Father’s grace and mercy, to be more patient, more quiet, and spend more time with the Master!

Let us purpose to be of a humble heart, and be more hidden by Saying Less, and Listening More!

A peaceful and quiet spirit is a beautiful character quality of the Birde of Messiah!

Quietness — the first step in cultivating the hidden person of the heart!

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