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THE VALUE OF QUIETNESS

What is the value of quietness? 

A wise man once said; "Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard  Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools" (Eccl 9:17).  What does that mean?  Passionate quietness speaks to the heart with more value than shout  of emotions from  a great man among fools who pretend wisdom because of their loudness.  The commanding force and power of wisdom  spoke calmly and with deliberation, will be heard with respect and gain the point and sway men to God more than the domineering clamor of one that speaks among fools.  Fools choose their leader because of his noise and blustering. 

How forcible are right words!  What is spoken wisely is usually spoken calmly, and then it will be heard in the same manner and received sanely and reverently.  But strong emotional outburst many times will lessen the force and understanding, instead of adding any real meaning to the words.

 Jesus understood this; Isa 42:2 "He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

The "still small voice" of God is best heard in our stillness and quietness.  If we are to "cry out" the best time is unto the Lord (Ps 34:6).

My personal quiet time is when I am in my church, surrounded by believers, setting reverently waiting for the service to begin.  Then listening reverently to the open prayer, as it might pertain to me and my needs.  If I am not preaching, I always want to sing expressively with the song leader as we worship together.  And then as the Word is preached sanely, sensible and passionately, I reverently listen and receive from what is being said, with an occasional strong "AMEN" that the speaker and those around me can here.

What a wonderful quiet time of faithfulness that can be.  Do not let your passion for excitement and noise move you away from that.

William Branham as a prophet to the generation said it like this; "We need that still small. Jesus said you couldn't hear His voice in the street. You didn't hear Him crying. He was our pattern. Look at Him. He was compared, His Spirit like a dove: gentle.  It's great things, are quiet things. Did you know that, friends? Listen. The sun which gives life on the earth to every living thing, and botany life, plant life, tree life, what-evermore, it brings forth life, the sun does. And it can draw a million gallons of water from the earth and make less noise than we can get bucket full out of a pump. It's big things, quiet things are big things. Did you ever hear the world turning? Did you ever hear the planets as they pass through the orbit? Do you ever hear one? That's the big things. Did you ever hear the sun rise?"

Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri - www.livingwordtabernacle.com