The heart of a holy king is in the hand of God. That means a holy king keeps his life centered within the will of God. If a king does not conduct himself in such a way that his heart senses the slightest movements of the finger of God – the Holy Spirit – he cannot be a holy king. We may not all be kings, but we must all govern our hearts and lives in a similar way. How can we become sensitive to the will of God? By daily practicing the commandments and daily listening to his Word.
The phrase “Thy kingdom come” also refers to the same end as “Thy will be done,” namely, [that God’s kingdom may come] in ourselves. For, when does God not reign, “in whose hand is the heart of every king”? But, whatever we wish for ourselves, we direct our hope toward him, and we attribute to him what we expect from him.… This is the prayer of Christians; this shall bring shame to the heathens; this shall bring joy to the angels. It is for the coming of this kingdom that we are harassed now, or rather, it is for this coming that we pray.1
Entrust your soul to the hands of the Lord. Not only when it departs from the body but also when it is in the body, it is in the hands of the Lord, because you do not see it, its source or its destination. It is both in you and also with God. Therefore “the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord,” who guides it and rules it. The heart is also filled with the spirit, because the spirit is the ruling part of the soul and the strength of the soul. I say that strength lies not in the arms but in counsel, temperance, piety and justice. If the heart of a man is in the hand of the Lord, much more is his soul.2
Do not be double-minded or double-tongued, for a double tongue is a “deadly snare.” Your words shall not be dishonest or hollow but substantiated by action. Do not be greedy or threatening or hypocritical or malicious or arrogant. Do not plot against your neighbor. Do not hate anybody. Reprove some, pray for others, and still others love more than your own life.3
BASIL THE GREAT:
Intimacy with the Lord is not explained in terms of kinship according to the flesh, but it is achieved by cheerful willingness in doing the will of God.4
- ON PRAYER 5.1–4. Wright, J. R. (Ed.). (2005). Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (p. 134). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
- DEATH AS A GOOD 10.44. Wright, J. R. (Ed.). (2005). Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (p. 134). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
- DIDACHE 2.4–7. Wright, J. R. (Ed.). (2005). Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (p. 135). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
- THE MORALS 22. Just, A. A. (Ed.). (2005). Luke (p. 136). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.