The Leisured Heart

Years ago, a newspaper carried a picture of fighting between two armies.handsUp

It showed a handful of soldiers from one side surrendering with hands held high above their heads.

It was a picture of submission due to defeat.


It reminds us of the song sung in churches that goes like this:

                                   “Submission to His will
                                Of Him who guides me still
                              Is surely of His love revealed:
                                  My soul shall rise above
                                This world in which I move;
                               I conquer only where I yield.”1

We are told in James to “submit to God” (4:7).

E. Stanley Jones had a fine phrase called “the leisured heart,” which, as he pointed out, Christ gives to those who fully surrender to Him.2

“Lord I am an instrument for thee to touch.”Lord Bolingbroke once asked Lady Huntington how she reconciled prayer to God for a particular blessing with absolute resignation to the Divine will.

“Very easy,” answered her ladyship. “Just as if I were to offer a petition to a monarch, of whose kindness and wisdom I have the highest opinion. In such a case my language would be,

‘I wish to bestow on me such a favor; but your majesty knows better than I if it would be agreeable to you, or right, to grant my desire. I therefore content myself with humbly presenting my petition, and leave the result of it entirely to you.’”3

Nazianzen says, “Lord I am an instrument for thee to touch.”4

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1.    Richard D. Exley, “We Conquer When We Yield,” The Pentecostal Evangel, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, June 23, 1974, p. 32.
2.    Norman Vincent Peale, You Can Win, Garden City Books, Garden City, NY, Copyright 1938, pp. 129 – 130.
3.    Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 730.
4.    C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume One, Psalm I to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 34.