II Kings 11 describes the tumult which happened in the land of Judah, as Athaliah, the wicked queen, was deposed, and Jehoiada the priest led a “revival” in the land which saw young Joash made king. The people renewed their covenant with God and the king (:17), and then in verse 20 it says: “So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet.”
That expression, “the city was quiet”, did not merely describe the noise level of the city of Jerusalem. It signified the peace and tranquility which came to the land in the wake of the revival, and the establishment of a righteous king. This is a great blessing for any people.
I Timothy 2 speaks of the same thing, when it commands us to pray for kings and all who are in authority, “that we may lead a tranquil and QUIET life in all godliness and dignity.” That “tranquil and quiet life” is a blessing which should be sought for any society.
We should remember, however, that this “quiet” is never given to us in order that we may waste our lives in meaningless pursuits, but is a blessing bestowed so that we may actively worship God and share His gospel in an unhindered way. Unfortunately many recipients of this blessing have ignored God’s purpose for it, until it has been taken away.
May we pray for a revival in our land, that our cities may be “quiet”, and that our people may rejoice in the worship and service of the one true God.