Quietness is the thing which even the busy, noisy part of the world would pretend to desire and pursue: they will be quiet, yea, that they will, or they will not endure the least disturbance of their quietness. But verily they go a mad way to work, in pursuit of quietness; greatly to disquiet themselves inwardly, and put their souls into a continual hurry, only to prevent or remedy some small outward disquietude from others. But he that is meek finds a sweeter, safer quietness, and much greater comfort than that which they in vain pursue. -Matthew Henry, The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit
One thought on “Quietness”
Nancy, I finally bought this book because I so desperately need to work on having a quietness of spirit, gentleness and meekness.
You quoted from it and from “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” when you were down here speaking to the women. I remember thinking while you were speaking that I probably need to reread Jeremiah Burroughs again and while I was thinking that I forgot to write down the name of the other book which turned out to be “The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit.”
I’m sooooo glad you started quoting from it last week, that’s when I remembered it and ordered a copy. I’m expecting it any day now. If it’s anything like “The Rare Jewel…” I have a feeling it will be one painfully sanctifying book. I expect to be on my knees a lot.
You have been such a wonderful spiritual mother to me, Nancy. I really miss you! Is it okay to say things like this on your comments section? 🙂