The Part We Play 2/7

Infinite Way Letter
March 1956
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 2 of 7
We who are gathered together on the spiritual path have come for the express purpose of spending ourselves, our money, our labor, and our effort for the attainment of spiritual realization. As we give thought to the things of the Spirit, by no means do we give up the material comforts of life and the blessings of human relationships; but, whatever we do, we do unto the Lord, ever seeking to acquaint ourselves with Him, for we realize that without the true Bread, these things of the world bring no lasting satisfaction or peace.
We know what we expect and hope of God, but too frequently we do not fully realize our responsibility in bringing about the activity of God in our experience. Even when we affirm and declare truth, we are preparing ourselves for the real experience of inner communion. “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you….” In all endeavors the inner ear must be kept open, alert, receptive, and responsive; and it is this constant listening and hearing, receptivity, and obedience to the Word of Truth that makes the Soul live. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near”—go within, be still, listen, and hear—that is our part in the demonstration. As we listen, in meditation and in prayer, we are seeking God; and it is then that the still, small Voice that goeth forth out of the mouth of God is heard, and then “thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
How foolish to be concerned with human thoughts at a time when we should be seeking, listening, hearing only the thoughts of God! But as we open ourselves to God by diligently seeking, it follows “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,…So shall my word be that goeth 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.” Just as in the world of nature the rain and snow watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, so the Word of God, which is imparted in the silence when human thought is stilled, “shall not return void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
As we rise to that place in consciousness where we hear the still, small Voice, it performs the activity of healing, comforting, regenerating, and supplying. Once the Word is heard, once the presence of God is experienced, once the inner assurance is received, you may be sure that it does not return void, but prospers in the thing where to it is sent. All of this happens, however, after we have fulfilled our part in seeking God by turning within; after we have spent our money and labor for the things of the Spirit; after we have listened and heard; after we have communed within our inner being.
It is utterly useless to look for the things of the Spirit to come into your experience except in proportion as you listen and hear, as you obey by keeping your mind stayed on God by acknowledging Him in all your ways, as you pray without ceasing. The presence of God is ever available, but available only in proportion to your individual effort in seeking, calling upon the Lord, listening and communing within your own being; and in that proportion you come to the place in consciousness of hearing the Word. And when the Word of God is heard “in quietness and in confidence…ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.” Then it is that the thorns in your pathway shall be removed, and the inharmonies and limitations of humanhood fade into nothingness. This Word will never leave you, nor forsake you; and “it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off”—an everlasting covenant of peace, harmony, and joy—for “the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
End Part 2

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