THE MAJESTY OF CALMNESS – Day 27

The calmed and weaned soul is one that has disinvested in this world. It no longer stores up for itself “treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal,” but stores up for itself “treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:19-21). It does so because its heart is no longer captivated by visible, temporal and earthly things, but by invisible, eternal and heavenly things (2 Corinthians 4:18).

In addition to a heart removed from the things of this world, the heart of the calmed and weaned soul is also unmoved by the trials of this world. It rejoices in persecution, believing persecution to be a sure sign of one’s righteousness on earth and rewards in heaven (Matthew 5:10-12). It finds the fleeting and temporal trials of this world endurable, since they are incomparable with the “exceeding and eternal weight of glory” awaiting all of God’s children in Heaven (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Understanding the brevity of this life and the eternity of the life to come, the calmed and weaned soul follows the sage and divinely inspired advice of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:29-31. He realizes that he cannot waste his short time on this earth catering to others, crying over disappointments, celebrating successes, caring for possessions, or concerned with the things of this world. Instead, he must take his short walk through this world with an undivided heart singularly focused on Christ. Only when Christ is the sole object and desire of the heart is the soul freed from the struggle of divided allegiances between short-lived things and everlasting life.

Souls refusing to unconditionally surrender to the Savior will never know the quiet and peace of spiritual serenity. They will forever be torn between the clamor of worldly things and the whisper of heavenly things. Embracing what is clearly seen as within their grasp in the here and now, they will struggle to empty their arms of worldly things in order to embrace what can only be seen through the eyes of faith and realized in the hereafter. Like the Rich Young Ruler, many a soul ends up grieved over and grappling with its inability to let go of worldly things in order to wholeheartedly embrace Christ (Mark 10:17-22).

The heart of the calmed soul is removed from the treasures of this world and unmoved by the trials of this world.