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Called to Quiet

Written by Chesed Chipman, Spurgeon College

Have you ever grown weary of trying to keep up with a world that grows more complex by the minute? Do your ears ring with the noise of a world telling you conflicting messages about who you should be? Mine do. I groan for the simple, quiet life. Isn’t that what we’re all after? In a culture dominated by how much you can accomplish, the hope of a simple and quiet life seems like a beautiful dream that’s just out of reach.

This quiet life is exactly what Christians are called to. Paul calls the church to turn from the noise of the culture and tend to what God has given them to cultivate, a lifestyle of simplicity and quietness, with brotherly love. Believers don’t need to run to do more, to be more, to have more. They can rest quietly in the stillness and promises of God’s love.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

 “…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and 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.”

Observations from the Text

  • We’re called to a quiet life (v. 11)
  •  A quiet life is a witness to unbelievers (v. 12)
  • A quiet life is sufficient to meet needs (v.12)

Prayers of Response

God of Peace, I praise you for the stillness you bring. 

Though my heart is overwhelmed by __________, thank you that my life isn’t characterized by chaos and noise, but by the quietness that flows from you.

Prayer Requests

Savior and Redeemer, help me to remember your peace when all I feel is  __________. 

Quiet my heart to rest in the peace you bring and the stillness you’ve called me to. Meet me in the stillness so that I may behold you.

Prayers of Readiness

Giver of Life, may I cultivate a quiet life. Show me how I can release the chaos of _____ and rest in the peace that flows from you. 

As I seek to live a life of quiet peace, may it lead me closer to you, Prince of Perfect Peace.


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