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 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!

There is also the constant demand from our own fleshly nature to express itself. “Talk. Talk. Talk.” Who wants to be quiet when we want so much to verbalize our opinions?

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 behind-the-scenes attitude, and be quiet and still!

Being of a quiet disposition is one essential quality we need in order to help us learn to walk with Yahuwah Elohim [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 the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15a).

When we turn to Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], He gives us rest and a quietness of spirit. It is in this quietness that He gives us a confidence that becomes our strength — the confidence that we belong to Him, and that we are hearing His voice, leading us in 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.

Studying to be quiet is how we begin to prepare to cultivate the hidden person of the heart.

The Qualities of the Bride

One of the qualities of the Bride of Messiah, is that of a “meek and quiet spirit,” which appears 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.

And 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 delights Yahushua? What is He attracted to?

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

But to cultivate these beautiful and attractive qualities, we must step back from what ‘self’ wants to do, and learn to BE quiet.

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 ye [your life of sin and pleasing of “self”] are dead, and your life is hid with Messiah in God. (Colossians 3:1-3).

Our hidden life begins when we reckon our self-life dead to sin, and become immersed by water baptism — which illustrates that we are buried with Messiah, and then raised up and made alive with Messiah (Colossians 2:12-13). As the above passage tells us, 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 learning, and discerning when, to say ‘no’ to our carnal nature.

Part of this learning process includes learning to be quiet. It includes making time for hiding from the daily chaos of life, in order to study the Scriptures, and to seek Father’s help to rebuild our focus. As we learn to be quiet, Father’s healing touch begins to bring restoration and peace to our soul.

Cultivating the hidden person of the heart includes making a conscious effort to listen carefully, and to avoid the habit of being a constant talker. A constant talker dominates the conversation. This tendency to be the center of attention, and to dominate, is an indicator of a demonic, controlling spirit. We must be very careful to guard ourselves against the desire to dominate, or to 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 Word and His Ways.

Is There a Key?

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

patience-prayerwithverseIs there a key to learning quietness?

I believe the KEY to learning quietness is steadfast patience!

Praying for patience is all-important! Patience is one way we show our love to others!

Quietness requires patience and steadfast endurance!

If we can begin to be patient, then we will begin to notice something — we will have fewer troubles. Patience helps us to avoid troubles, and it 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 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, as an example in Scripture for all of Yahuwah’s children to see. 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 for each one of us, that as we grow in our patience, we become more and more a blessing 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 in 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

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

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.

Quietness helps us discern a wrong spirit within ourselves.

Quietness helps us to be more self-controlled, and to be more content with ourselves and others.

Quietness 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).

So let us wait patiently for Yahuwah’s guidance and wisdom, as we study to BE quiet!

Let us grit our teeth and determine to be patient and quiet — with Father’s grace and mercy, of course!

Let us be of a humble heart, and purpose to say less, and to listen more.

It is a beautiful, but hidden, character quality of Messiah’s Bride a peaceful and quiet spirit!

Quietness is the first step in cultivating the hidden person of the heart.

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