The Allowances of the Heart
Amy Carmichael, a Christian missionary to India wrote, “Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace…If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you know what His will is.”
What you allow your heart to think impacts the result of either being happy or angry, satisfied or hungry, peaceful or in conflict. What is allowed into your heart will influence you for either good or bad. Having a single-hearted perspective frees a person to enjoy more of the blessings of life than to having a multi-directional heart that feels torn at times and unfulfilled because it is being pulled in many different directions.
A heart and life over-stimulated in so many directions may “melt away” like a drawing in the sand along the sea shore. It’s purpose, direction, and meaning are erased over time. However, a heart focused on the Lord will not lose sight, forget it’s purpose, or miss it’s meaning for being on earth.
Here are 3 perspectives of a single-hearted person:
- A Content Heart. Psalm 107:9, For he (God) satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
- A Happy Heart. Psalm 90:14, O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. And Psalms 144:15, Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
- A Peaceful Heart. Hebrews 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. And Psalm 119:165, Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Peace is found in Jesus. Peace is more than the absence of conflict- it is the presence of Christ.
Ask the Lord to help your heart to be singularly focused on Him. When we “love God first” all the other relationships, circumstances, and events – work themselves out. What will you allow you heart to be focused on today?