Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 1 of 7
THE PART WE PLAY
Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua, the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very couragesous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that this written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Not only are these passages from Joshua a continuous assurance and reassurance of the omnipresence of God, Truth, they are also an admonition “to do according to all the law”—to remain in the realization of the Truth—with the promise that as long as we abide in the Truth, turning neither to the right nor to the left, “I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
In order to avail ourselves of spiritual guidance so that we may live under the shadow of this eternal protection, we have a two-fold part to play: we are called upon to be strong and very courageous, and to abide confidently in the Truth. Thrice we are cautioned to “Be strong and of a good courage,” as if there exists a great possibility of weakness and doubt. And it is true—time and again we have proven weak and of little courage; time and again we have lost faith and confidence in the omnipresence of God. Over and above striving to be upright and good and just in our humanhood, we must abide in the Law, abide in the Word, live and move and have our being in the consciousness of the Truth. And in order to do this, two things are necessary: “Be strong and of a good courage,” and “do according to all the law.”
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near; Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Herein we are told that we shall be given an everlasting covenant, an everlasting sign, just as in the reading from Joshua we are assured of the constancy of God’s presence. The great prophet Isaiah cautions against living solely for the gratification of human and material comfort and well-being by asking: Why do you spend money and effort for that which does not satisfy? Why give yourself to anything other than that which represents the true Bread; that which represents the true labor and effort for the Spirit? Why spend yourselves for that which does not bring a spiritual return?
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