Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)
Living a quiet life seems harder and harder with all the ‘noise’ happening around us, but here we are being told to “lead a quiet life”. By leading a quiet life, minding our own business and working with our hands, we are able to win the respect of outsiders (unbelievers). What a great way to lead others to Christ!
What we spend our time on will determine how we respond to whatever comes our way. If we spend quality time in His presence, then we will truly find that “In repentance and rest is (our) salvation, in quietness and trust is (our) strength”. (Isaiah 30:15)
How have you been with the noise level in your life? Are there things that have been interfering with what He’s been trying to say to you? Are you able to win the respect of unbelievers by the life you live?
Personal Application: (Today’s devotion is deliberately shorter than normal. For the next five or so minutes, would you spend time in ‘quietness and trust’ before Him? Maybe today He will whisper new truths to take you to a whole new level in Him. )
Inventory / Introspection: How are my ‘quiet times’ reflected in my quiet life?
Father, thank You for the salvation and trust that comes only through You. With so much clamouring for attention, I am thankful that You provide opportunities for me to steal away and enjoy quiet times with You. Help me not to pass up the moments to rest by the still waters even as I go through the daily experiences.
You told Adam that by the sweat of his brow, he would eat bread … I pray that what I do will bring glory and honour to Your name, and that I will be mindful to return the first fruits of my labour to You.
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