The Secret of a Quiet Life in these Restless, Stormy, and Anxious Times.

The secret of a quiet life has been the great quest of man. The Confucian, the Buddhist, the Pythagorean have busied themselves with it, as well as Solomon. It was the motive of the mightiest movement of medieval Christendom. Simeon on his pillar, Bernard in his cell, Francis in his rags, were all occupied with it; and in these restless, stormy, anxious times it is the question of questions still. (Baldwin Brown)

Here we find very plainly the answer to this question of questions in Scripture:

But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster. (ESV)
But those who hearken unto me shall dwell safely, and be quiet from the fear of evil. (KJV)
-Proverbs 1:33

The secret, isn’t much of a secret at all. It has been revealed for thousands of years. Do you see it in our text above?

…Whoever listens to me (God) will:

1) dwell secure and
2) will be at ease
3) without dread of disaster.

The man who hears Christian instruction, and who satisfies himself with listening and approving, but goes no further, never casts away his sins, or really lays hold on Christ, may flatter himself that all is right with his soul, because he has feelings and convictions and desires of a spiritual nature; but such a man’s religion will break down entirely under the first flood of tribulation, and fail him completely when his need is the sorest, whereas the man who hears Christian instruction, and practises what he hears, upon such a man the floods of sickness, sorrow, poverty, disappointments, bereavements may beat, but his soul is unmoved, his faith does not give way, his comforts do not forsake him. Not only, however, is safety promised to him who hearkeneth to the voice of heavenly wisdom, but such an assurance of it as shall remove every distressing fear. Not only quietness from evil, but from the fear of it. Men in general suffer much more from fear of evils which they expect may come upon them than from those which they actually have to undergo; but God “keeps him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him.” A wicked man is terrified with imagined danger; a godly man is not afraid even when the danger is real; for the one has a witness for him in his own breast, whereas the other carries within a witness against himself; and this witness is a judge to condemn him, yea, an executioner to torment and vex him. To be freed from the fear of evil is, in truth, the perfection of a spiritual state; and a great part of the saint’s portion both on earth and in heaven lies in the deliverance and security from it. And what are the promises made to such hearers? Safe dwelling and quietness from fear of evil. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, operating on the heart, brings solid and lasting peace. The first of these promises is beautifully illustrated by our blessed Lord Himself at the close of His sermon on the mount (Matthew 7:24-27). But it may be asked, To whom are these gracious promises made? They are made to all: high and low, rich and poor, old and young. The term used is as large as any can desire: “Whoso hearkeneth.” Let them only listen to Christ’s invitation in the gospel, and render obedience to His commands, and the promised blessings shall be vouchsafed to them. (T. Grantham.)

Illustrations: Noah (Genesis 6:22; Genesis 7:23. Hebrews 11:7); Shadrach, &c. (Daniel 3:25. Psalms 138:7); Daniel (Daniel 6:10, Daniel 6:22. Psalms 119:10); Christ”s sheep (John 10:28).


If you wish for more assistance in understanding this text we submit the following helps:

Whoso hearkeneth unto me (God), and will be ruled by me, he shall,”(1.) “Be safe; he shall dwell under the special protection of Heaven, so that nothing shall do him any real hurt.” (2.) “He shall be easy, and have no disquieting apprehensions of danger; he shall not only be safe from evil, but quiet from the fear of it.” (M.Henry)

To hearken means not only to hear, but to hear with attention, so as to follow the advice given (James 1:25); or, as the Saviour says (John 10:27). Such hear, not to forget, but to treasure up in their memories, that they may reduce to practice what they hear: such hear, not to cavil and find fault, but that they may profit by the instruction they receive. Now, this attention is assuredly the work of the Spirit on the heart, as we read of Lydia (Acts 16:14). And hence it behoves all, when hearing God’s Word, to lift up their hearts to Him, that it may be with profit to their souls. (T. Grantham.)

The one who truly fears the Lord, fears not man; and his heart is preserved from those trepidations which so much disturb the rest and so often torment the wicked. No, “he shall not be afraid of evil tidings”; he shall neither have alarming anticipations of such, nor be dismayed when they actually arrive. And why not? Because “his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD” (Psalm 112:7). Rumors do not shake him, nor does he quake when they are authenticated, for he is assured that his “times” are in the hand of the Lord (Psalm 31:15). And therefore is he kept in peace. (A. Pink)

Though the earth be removed, yet shall not they fear. Would we be safe from evil, and quiet from the fear of it? Let religion always rule us and the word of God be our counsellor. That is the way to dwell safely in this world, and to be quiet from the fear of evil in the other world. (M.Henry)

The one who truly fears the Lord, fears not man; and his heart is preserved from those trepidations which so much disturb the rest and so often torment the wicked. No, “he shall not be afraid of evil tidings”; he shall neither have alarming anticipations of such, nor be dismayed when they actually arrive. And why not? Because “his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD” (Psalm 112:7). Rumors do not shake him, nor does he quake when they are authenticated, for he is assured that his “times” are in the hand of the Lord (Psalm 31:15). And therefore is he kept in peace. (A. Pink)