Context: 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-12
Focus: 1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12
“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Make it your goal to live quiet lives, minding your own business, working with your hands as instructed to do, so those who are unbelievers will respect the way you live and you will not need to depend on others.
I see there is a witness and a spiritual confidence manifested in quietly going about daily work with Christ in mind; not tempted in meddling in others’ affairs, but working diligently to support oneself without having to go to others for help.
They say idleness is the devil’s workshop and it’s true. When I am idle I tend to overthink matters and worry. Recently I’ve been inspired in making bracelets that represent biblical concepts ( Deuteronomy 11: 18-21) in abiding in God’s Word. When we abide in His love, and His Word, the turmoil within quiets down and His Word comes alive creating an ambiance of calm ( Psalm 23: 2-3).
The greek word for “quiet” means to be rested, to be still. To me, it means not having to be opinionated, not having to prove oneself, but allowing one’s conduct speak for itself. It reminds me of how Jesus remained silent while being questioned, interrogated by the Jewish High Priests and Pilate. He didn’t have to answer as to Who He was, because He knew Who He was. So when we exhibit a confident quietness, tending to our own business, not anxious over proving our identity, our identity comes across loud and clear –
We belong to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, our God.
With a world that is anything but still and quiet, but rather constantly flapping its wings to be heard and noticed, one of the most notable witness that God is present in someone’s life is their calmness and quiet confidence in the midst of it all.
Thank you Lord for calming my anxiousness and leading me again beside the still waters, for your Name sake, restoring my soul. (Psalm 23: 2-3)
CR- Isaiah 30:15, 2 Thessalonians 3:12, Ecclesiastes 4:6, Romans 12:11,
Matthew 27: 11-12, Proverbs 17: 27-28
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength…………” (my emphasis) Isaiah 30:15
Create your own devotional by abiding in His Word
Resource: Bible Hub – biblehub.com