The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, “Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. . . .”
Quietness is a state of repose and rest, of no longer struggling and fretting. God wants to give His people quietness, and quietness begins with righteousness. Isaiah 32:17 says, “And this righteousness will bring peace. Quietness and confidence will fill the land forever.”
When we are sure that our sins are forgiven and we are in right standing with God, a deep quietness fills our hearts.
From that quietness arises confidence. We base our confidence on our righteousness, knowing that we are welcome to ask Him for anything we need. We must be confident that “He will respond instantly to the sound of [our] cries” (Isaiah 30:19). John said, “We can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for” (1 John 5:14-15).
Righteousness, quietness, and then confidence will bring us through affliction, for Jesus is like a “cool shadow of a large rock in a hot and weary land” (Isaiah 32:2). Let’s stay in the shadow of His presence!