As I ponder the Kingdom of Heaven, what comes to mind is peace and harmony. It is my understanding that it does not have to be “hereafter” or “here later” but can be experienced right here, right now. First, human will and human outlining have to be rejected and yielding to God and His direction have to be obeyed. That is not as difficult as it sounds because there have been times in my life when I have literally worn myself out by outlining and planning. Today I will let go and let God be God!
Matthew 11:28-29 reads, ” Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
In Biblical times, bread is thought to be understanding and substance and in the Old Testament, it talks of the manna falling daily, which was a type of bread. It could not be stored up and saved but had to be used daily. This way we are kept from regret of the past and fear of the future. Exodus 16:15, 16, 19 states, ” Moses said to them, ‘it is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.’ This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Each one is to gather as much as he needs.’…No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
As we learn to lean more on God and stay in the presence, our every human need is met by Divine Love.
Growing up in a fundamental religion, the Easter Season was confusing to me. First, I was taught at a very early age that Jesus died upon the cross for my sins. That was even before I knew what sin was! For years I decided that I must be very bad for Him to have to die for me and I couldn’t grasp what I was supposed to do to be saved. As I was led to a spiritual concept, my old beliefs changed to understanding that I was made in the image and likeness of God. God is Spirit, Love, Truth, Life, Soul, Principle and Mind and this began to make sense to me. I could actually be nothing unlike God! For so long, I tried to be perfect humanly and just seemed to make matters worse. Now, I start from perfection and little by little, any imperfection falls away into the nothingness it has always been. Isaiah 12:2 says, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
This morning as I work with faith, it becomes clear to me that I may not know how electricity works, but I use it. Nor I do not know how a car goes, but I drive one. Then, I recognize that God is Love and God is in everything that is Good. So Love must be, also. When I am joyful and loving, the food I prepare tastes even better than when I cook just out of need or duty! As I balance a checkbook, it becomes easier when my thought entertains no negativity.
Hebrews 11:3 takes on a new light for me as I read, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
All my life, I had heard it said, “The devil is in the details”. It has taken spiritual growth for me to question and refute these old sayings but as I have turned more and more to God and releasing old belief, understanding has taken place. Psalm 73: 23-26 reads, “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
This verse says the complete opposite! God is in the details and when we put Him first in our life, there is peace, harmony and dominion.
When talking with a sculptor once, he told me the perfect idea of the piece was always there and it was revealed as he sculpted away all the excess that didn’t belong. Isn’t that the very same with man? God’s perfect child is always there, but sometimes certain ungodlike traits need to be corrected and released.
Romans 8:28 reads, “We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor all things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose.” Understanding the Divine is always available to us as we approach God with gratitude and humility and expectance! As we realize our perfection more, we are able to see it in others.
Understanding humanly will never bring peace to our soul, but we need to relinquish attempting to “figure things out”, but giving it to God. Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16