Psalm 42:11 Why are you in despair, O my soul? Why have you become restless and disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
In our devotion today, I want to minister to the disquieted soul. As mentioned in the scripture above, when our soul is in despair, it becomes restless and disquieted. I have been there before and sometimes struggle with a disquieted disposition.
Disquieting is defined as taking away peace, tranquility, and uneasiness.
There are times when our soul is troubled. We can have great things happening for us on the external, but internally, our soul is in a state of despair and disquieted.
Due to the disquieted disposition, we enter the rat race of life, running on a treadmill to escape reality. As a result, we experience agitation, internal disturbances, discontentment, and restlessness. Due to the disquieted disposition, we enter the rat race of life, running on a treadmill to escape reality. As a result, we experience agitation, internal disturbances, discontentment, and restlessness.
Entering the rat race of life means we are in an endless, self-defeating, pointless pursuit. Per Wikipedia, the phrase equates humans to rats attempting to earn a reward, such as cheese, in vain. It becomes a competitive struggle where people compete to get ahead. When we are in the rat race, we will always experience disquietness in our souls. Remember, one of the results of a disquieted soul is discontentment. It is the discontentment that causes people to enter a rat race.
However, God wants us to have a quiet disposition where we are not easily excited or disturbed. Someone with a calm personality has a peaceful mood and attitude about life. Their temperamental makeup is quieted, and they are not overreacting. In this state, we become free from disturbing noises or uproars. We are not concerned about being showy, flashy, or flamboyant. When we have a quiet disposition, we are free from allowing the enemy to bring in storms or physical disturbances. We are to rest in the Lord, where we will have internal peace amid all calamities. Resting in the Lord gives us child-like faith.
Psalm 131 gives us a picture of what this means, to have a child-like trust in God.
Psalm 131 AMP Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child [resting] with his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me [composed and freed from discontent].
O Israel, hope in the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
When we have a child-like trust in God, it means we are:
- Hoping in God
- Not having a haughty heart and eyes that are lofty.
- We no longer try to rule or have authority in other’s affairs.
- We stop fantasizing about and making grandiose plans.
Instead, we become calm and quiet within our soul, allowing us to cease fretting and discontentment while cultivating a quiet heart. Therefore, I pray that we will seek God to have a quiet disposition remaining calm, serene, and reserved.
God wants us to quiet our souls so he can lead us! God Bless!
2 thoughts on “The Disquieted Soul”
Thanks Sis. Tan
This is a timely read. Thanks for yielding to the holy spirit. On this day!
Love, Rita 💞
Amen! Thank you 💕