Yesterday was my birthday in human years and as I took so much pleasure in reading the many best wishes, cards, texts, etc. and then, I thought of a couple of people that sent me nothing. Being amused, I thought of how the carnal mind works, right when we are rejoicing, it will try and throw us a curve! Psalms 27: 3 reads “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” Whether or not it is about financial lack, illness, relationship problems and so forth, my heart shall not fear.
God knows no lack of Good and as we focus more and more on Him, we recognize more and more Good and solutions to our every need become evident. Good is revealed to me everyday when I become more and more humble and grateful.
In Luke 15:7, it states “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?” While studying this, I began to think about what she might have uncovered while sweeping her entire house. As I thought of this, I was reminded what it looks like when I clean out my closet and until it is finished, it is a mess. Then I remembered the feeling after I complete the job or after the lost piece of silver is found! In reality, only Good is going on! We are just searching for that lost piece of silver and it will be found. My heart stays filled with love and gratitude.
The Bible tells us to love one another and it never follows up with except those of differing opinions, different political views, different color, and on and on. It just says to love one another. In Matthew 19:26 it states “And looking at them Jesus said to them, ‘With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” That is not followed by except an incurable disease or poverty or anything else but just states that all things are possible to God! This verse follows “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God”.
It is also said that this kingdom is within which means peace and harmony to me and the rich could mean being rich in erroneous, cherished beliefs. My answers and understanding come when I am willing to release these old, world-excepted beliefs. Today I will know there are no exceptions to omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Good/God leaving no room for error.
This morning I have been reading the 20th chapter of Matthew which compares a landowner with the Kingdom of Heaven who goes out to hire laborers and paid each a denarius a day. He continued to hire more throughout the day and paid them each the same amount. The llth and 12th verse reads “When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner. Saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.'”
This tells me that it is not what we do humanly, but our expectancy and receptivity of the Good God gives us! Today, I will practice accepting and expecting Good!
While studying the feeding of the multitude in Matthew, a light came on within. The disciples wanted to turn the multitude away rather than feed them because they were coming from limitation of Good. It is certainly not just talking about food, but forgiveness, enlightenment, understanding and compassion. How often is Love withheld from someone that is different from us? Or even forgiveness, because we feel we are justified in being angry. There is plenty of Love to go around! Good multiplies as we share it. So does error!
The question arises “Am I really sure I understand what I am reading?” and I may hesitate to share it since it may not be correct. Then I quietly realize my understanding comes from God and cannot be wrong. Matthew 14:20 reads “and they all ate and were satisfied.” To me, that means they all received what they needed.
Have read the parable about the lost sheep and the Shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to go search for it hundreds of times , but while studying this time another thought came to me. That also could mean the Shepherd could lovingly reveal to this lost sheep what is holding him back from peace, harmony and prosperity. This, being revealed, one can address the error in thought, correct it and release it. Luke 15:10 reads “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Wouldn’t this be speaking of reformation?
There is never a lack of Good, but we must look through God’s eyes in order to see it.
This morning as I was studying the Bible, the thought came to me about the popularity of all the self help books in production today. As I pondered this, I realized the Christ was not in any of them I had read and they seemed to promote “self-reliance” which I find offensive. The more I recognize my dependence on God, the more I depend upon Him. The more I turn to Him with any and all challenges without human will and human outlining, the more Good I experience in my life.
John 15:5 states “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Today I will be grateful for all lessons, which become blessings as I understand more.