But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2
Can anyone truly cultivate a stilled and quieted soul? Is that even possible in the hectic and fast paced world in which we live today? Can our soul be still, calm, and peaceful even when stifling struggles or serious sickness strikes our doorstep?
These are difficult questions to answer but they are so relevant when distressingly difficult situations surface in our lives. The simple answer to all these questions is a resounding YES! In the midst of any storm, no matter how significant or severe, a stilled soul is possible if the firm faith of Christ flows through your veins.
The Apostle Paul put it perfectly in his second letter to the church in Corinth when he wrote, “But He (Christ) said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9).” Paul was providing the believers in Corinth with the perfect recipe for a stilled soul. That formula centered on the understanding that God’s glorious grace and His perfect power are more than sufficient for any situation in which they might find themselves.
When we are weak, Christ is strong. When we are sick, Christ’s power rests upon us. When we struggle, the grace of God holds us up. When difficult circumstances arise, Christ carries us through them. Therefore, our soul need not be unsettled because God is with us and He will never forsake us!
Does this imply we will never have difficult times in our lives? Absolutely not! But when these times come, the strength and stillness of our souls will be forever tied to the strength and solace of Christ. This is what the Apostle Paul and the psalmist were trying to tell us.
Remember, a stilled soul is never unsettled when faith is alive and well within you. No matter what trouble, struggle, or sickness you face today, allow the power of Christ to rest firmly upon you. Then, like the psalmist in today’s passage claimed, you will have a stilled and quieted soul even though the storm rages all around you!