If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot. (John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress)
The analogy is clear, isn’t it? Can you imagine anything much more painful than trying to put a slipper—no matter its beauty or value—on an aching foot? When we think of the struggles that Bunyan experienced as a prisoner for 12 years, we can begin to understand, perhaps, what quietness of heart and mind can mean to the person who is trusting in God, as he did.
This is what the Sovereign Lord . . . says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength . . . (Isaiah 30:15)