Contemplative Meditation on Grace 2/5

And Paul repeats it, “Thy grace is my sufficiency in all things.” And he did not say that money is my sufficiency; security is my sufficiency; property is my sufficiency, but Thy grace is my sufficiency. And where is God’s Grace? It must fill all space, because it cannot be localized in either time or space. Remember this. Nothing of God can be localized in time or space. Therefore, there is no time or space where God is not and where the all-ness and the fullness of God is not. And therefore, with all thy getting, get God. And all these things will be added unto you.

 

Therefore, we do not demonstrate safety or security. We do not demonstrate peace. We demonstrate God, the realization of God, the conscious awareness of the Presence of God. And as we have the Presence of God, we find Scripture declaring, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” There is peace. There is rest. There is contentment. There is abundance. There is all-ness. Therefore, demonstrate the Presence of God, and you will have demonstrated liberty, freedom, justice, equality, mercy, benevolence, and all these things that are represented in the word liberty. The entire basis of demonstration in The Infinite Way is the demonstration of the consciousness of God’s presence, God life. There is no room for any other demonstration. This is our one major Principle. It is that upon which the entire work is founded.

I know of no way of reducing fevers or lumps. I know of no way of bringing about employment of the unemployed. I know of no way of settling disputes in families, in businesses, in communities, and yet the work of The Infinite Way has brought harmony into corporations and union relationships. It has brought harmony into families. It has brought harmony into all manner of human relationships. And yet, none of us in this work would know how to go about doing these things except this one way. When we are called upon for help, it is to bring ourselves, through contemplation of Truth, that which we might call treatment or the first steps of prayer. We bring ourselves to a place of stillness in which the Presence of God is realized. The Presence of God is actually felt.

In other words, in our work, God is something more than a word. God is something more than a concept we hold in mind. God is an actuality, a reality, a Presence, which can be felt, which can be realized, which can be cognized. It is an actual Presence, which makes Itself tangible within us, so that we can almost say, “I have seen God face to face.” Well, if I haven’t seen God face to face, I have felt his touch many times. I have felt that gentle Presence within and sometimes without. But it is brought about by contemplation of God, meditation upon God, dwelling on God as an ever-present reality.

Regardless of the name or nature of the problem facing any one of us or all of us, the solution in the message of The Infinite Way is in the realization of God, in the feeling of the Presence of God, the sensing of the Presence of God within, and then letting the Presence of God go before us to make the crooked places straight. Go before us to prepare a place for us. Walk beside us as protection. Come up behind us as rear guard. In other words, God cannot be defined. God cannot be analyzed, but God can be understood as an invisible Presence. Let no one ever make the mistake of trying to understand what God is, for one could wreck oneself very easily that way, for God is beyond our comprehension, because our comprehension is finite, and God is infinite.

It was well said by Maimonides, the Hebrew mystic, to say that, “God IS, is all that can be known about God. If you say that God is good or God is powerful or God is present or God is love, you are saying no more than if you say God IS.” And indeed that is the only acknowledgement that is necessary. God IS. Because with this comes the realization, yes, not only that God IS but God is closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet. The place whereon I stand is holy ground, and I hear the Father say, “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” Yes, all that I am thou art. All the quantity and all of the quality and yet we can only show forth of that infinite nature whatever degree of realization we may attain. But to attain even a grain, even a touch of the realization of God is to bring miracles into our experience.

When Moses was leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt, we learn that he demonstrated a cloud by day, a pillar of fire by night. But he didn’t. And I am sure that he never even thought of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. All that Moses ever dreamed of was the Presence of God, knowing Emmanuel, God with us. That where we go, God IS. That we cannot be outside of God, for we live and move and have our being in God and God in us. And that by dwelling on that realization of God’s Presence, God’s Presence appeared as a cloud by day and as a pillar of fire by night. When it was necessary, Moses’ realization of God’s Presence, Emmanuel, God with us appeared as manna falling from the sky. Be assured that Moses never thought of manna. He thought only of God’s Presence. Where I am, thou art. Where thou art, I am, for I am that I am. We are one.

We learn that the Master, Christ Jesus, demonstrated loaves and fishes for the multitudes. But he didn’t. He looked up to heaven; in other words, he recognized God’s Presence and the recognition of God’s Presence appeared as loaves and fishes, for that was the need of the moment.

Elijah chased into the wilderness, chased into the woods, into the hill, but a raven brings him food. He finds cakes baked on a stone in front of him. A poor widow who had nothing shared with him. Not so, not so, not so. Elijah demonstrated Emmanuel, God with us. Elijah lived in the conscious Consciousness, the conscious awareness of God’s Presence, and that’s all he had to do was to live in that Presence of where thou art, I am. Where I am, thou art, for we are one. And then when the time came for food, it appeared. And if it was necessary to have a raven bring it to him, that’s how it had to be. If it had to be a poor widow sharing, that is how it had to be.

But I am sure Elijah never thought of ravens bringing food, or poor widows, or even of miracles of cakes being baked on stones. But Elijah, as we know him in Scripture, is a man who lived and moved and had his being in the constant awareness of God. He never for a moment lived outside of the atmosphere of God, and I’m sure he never took thought for what he should eat or drink or wherewithal he shall be clothed. He had his God and that was his sufficiency. And Paul repeats it, “Thy grace is my sufficiency in all things.” And he did not say that money is my sufficiency; security is my sufficiency; property is my sufficiency, but Thy grace is my sufficiency. And where is God’s Grace? It must fill all space, because it cannot be localized in either time or space. Remember this. Nothing of God can be localized in time or space. Therefore, there is no time or space where God is not and where the all-ness and the fullness of God is not. And therefore, with all thy getting, get God. And all these things will be added unto you.

In the Presence of God there is fulfillment. In Thy Presence is fullness of joy. And there you have it—the whole secret of demonstration. In Thy Presence is fullness of joy. Therefore, with all of your taking thought, take thought only for Thy Presence, God’s Presence, and find that when you are in God’s Presence, you are in the presence of fullness, the fullness of health, the fullness of morals, the fullness of supply, the fullness of good, the fullness of harmony, the fullness of harmonious relationships, the fullness of service, and twelve baskets full left over.

 

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