A question frequently asked is “How much money do I have?” or “Do I have enough money?” when actually, the question should be “Am I really grateful for all that I have?” Sometime, the thought will come in loud and clear, “Should I have spent that yesterday?” Do we really think the sun feels that way after brightly shining for a day? Do we think it feels it may not have enough for the next day? A line in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” reads, “Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.”
When we are receptive and responsive we see supply all around us. Fear keeps us from recognizing the abundance of Good. Psalms 23:1 reads “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. To me, that means, I shall not want for any good thing! My every need is met. Today, I will know this to be true.
There is a huge difference in the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge”. The first signifies eternal reality while the latter speaks of human opinions, justifications, condemnation and comparisons. We are given strict orders to stay away from that tree in Genesis 2:16 where it states “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Isn’t that telling us to stay with the thought that God is Good and the only creator? He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Good! When we pray with that knowing, there is no room for error. The more Good we focus on, the more there is visible to us.
This morning as I was praying with the Beatitudes which Jesus gave us in the Sermon on the Mount, I was drawn to Matthew 5:5, where it reads “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Thinking on the word “meek” meaning non-aggressive while it is the opposite of anger, self-righteousness and the need to aggressively control. For many years I was in sales and was very good in the field thinking that “aggression” certainly was necessary in my endeavors; otherwise, I would be left behind.
After maturing spiritually, I realize I cannot hear God while I am trying to control and find it so freeing to listen and obey God! I sometimes cringe when I think about the past but quickly realize I needed to learn the lessons I did. They soon became blessings as I prayed to understand.
Many years ago, there was a popular song entitled “From a Distance”. Recently, I was reminded of it and one line says “from a distance, God is watching you”. As I was singing, that thought jumped out at me as being untrue. There is no separation between God and man. He is right here, right now and I immediately thought of Psalm 16:8 which reads ” I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” There is NO distance! We can call upon Him any time, any place and just listen. He will always answer. Today I will listen more.
Many times when I feel stuck with a limited viewpoint, it is because I am stuck. That comes from seeing through human, prideful eyes rather than being willing to look through Love’s eyes. Revelation 21:1 reads “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away: and there was no more sea.” After reading that verse, I am reminded that with inspired thought, I can see Love all around me and I always have that choice. When I feel prideful and filled with human will, soon I realize there is another way of viewing and I humbly ask for guidance and direction.
Today I will practice being more alert and the first sign of an inward struggle, I will stop and wait on God!
If we would faithfully realize every day that the omnipresence of Love fills the whole universe, the consciousness of the healing, saving power of that Love will reach and bless all who reach out to God in their extremity. Lonely hearts will become conscious of His infinite Presence. Those afraid will feel the touch of this Love and be comforted.
The light of the Christ will dispel the darkness of fear and pain, and His voice will declare, “Lo, I am with you always, you are never alone.”
Numbers 6:25-26 states “The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” This prayer is for the world.
The only hatred that can ever hurt us is the hatred that we harbor in our hearts toward another. Love and fear or hatred can never co-exist. Matthew 5:44, 46 reads “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” The Bible also tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is within, but that would be impossible if there is hatred there. Today, I will be alert to my thoughts and correct any and all ungodlike thoughts I may have toward another. I choose joy!