A Quiet Life


Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. — 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Beloved! This is our spirit’s deepest need. It is thus that we can learn to know God. It is thus that we receive spiritual refreshment and nutriment. It is thus that we are nourished and fed. It is thus that we receive the Living Bread. It is thus that our very bodies are healed, and our spirits drink in the life of our risen Lord, and we go forth to life’s conflicts and duties like the flower that has drunk in, through the shades of the night, the cool and crystal drops of dew. But the dew never falls on a stormy night, so the dews of His Grace never come to the restless soul.

We cannot go through life strong and fresh on constant express trains with ten minutes for lunch:

we must have quiet hours, secret places of the Most High, times of waiting upon the Lord, when we renew our strength and learn to mount up on wings as eagles, and then come back to run and not be weary, and to walk and not faint.

The best thing about this stillness is that it gives God a chance to work.

Anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His. — Hebrews 4:10

and when we cease from our thoughts, God’s thoughts come into us; when we get still from our restless activity,

God… works in [us] to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. — Philippians 2:13

and we have but to work it out.

Beloved! let us take His stillness!

~ A. B. Simpson

Jesus, Deliverer, come Thou to me;

Soothe Thou my voyaging,

Over life’s sea!

Excerpted with permission from Springs in the Valley by L. B. Cowman, copyright Zondervan.

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Your Turn

Would you describe your life as a “quiet life”? Do you set aside quiet hours with the Lord in a secret place just for you and God? Does your soul feel restless and rushed? Get away with God today and be reminded of His easy yoke and slow pace! Come share your thoughts with us today on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

L. B. Cowman worked as a pioneer missionary with her husband in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917, during which time they helped found the Oriental Missionary Society. When Mr. Cowman's poor health forced the couple to return to the United States, Mrs. Cowman turned her attention to caring for her husband until his death six years later. Out of Mrs. Cowman's experiences and heartbreak came her first book, Streams in the Desert, followed by its companion Springs in the Valley. During the next twenty-five years, Mrs. Cowman inspired several nationwide Scripture distribution campaigns and wrote seven more books. Finally, on Easter Sunday in 1960, at the age of ninety, Mrs. Cowman met face-to-face the God she had served so faithfully for nearly a century.

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