In The Light of The Spirit
Christian D. Larson
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CHAPTER 1 - Leave It To God
When you are confronted with problems that you cannot solve, or find yourself in the midst of conditions that are distressing and adverse, do not permit yourself to become disturbed for a moment. There is a simple secret that will invariably set you free and change everything for the best. And the secret is this - "Leave It To God." When you do not know what course to pursue, leave it to God. When you do not know where to turn, or how to dispel the darkness that may surround you, then leave it to God. When you do not know where the path to the greatest good may lie, and have not become conscious of that supreme light of the soul through which all things may be discerned - rest serenely in the faith that you can leave it all to God. In His hands everything is safe; and whatever we place in His hands, will be disposed of in the best conceivable manner.
It is remarkable how soon darkness takes flight, how soon confusion is stilled, how soon conditions adjust themselves and how soon adversities change into blessings, when we can say, in perfect faith, and in perfect sincerity of soul - "Leave It To God." For thus we place everything in the keeping of a Wisdom that knows what should be done, and in the hands of a Power that can do what is best for all concerned.
It is the best for everybody that we all desire; it is the happiest outcome of everything that we pray for as the most perfect ideal of visible existence; and we know full well that such an ideal will surely be realized when we leave it to God. The Infinite can solve our problems, and so arrange all things in life, that the greatest good will come to pass, regardless of time, place or circumstances. And we should not hesitate to seek the superior guidance of the Infinite in this regard, whether our problems be great or small, momentous or insignificant.
Whatever the matter may be, we should leave it to God. The sun will soon shine once more, and all will be well again. There are many things we may wish to do, but do not know whether to begin now or later. There is some one, however, who does know; and if we leave it to Him, something will happen to delay the matter, if that is best, or to bring about a speedy beginning, if that is best. And afterwards, when we see how delightfully all things worked out, we will be glad - very glad, that we did say, when in doubt "Leave It To God."
We frequently come to places where the whole world seems to be against us; when every friend seems to be gone; and when adversity seems to make life a useless desert of waste and desolation. But at such times we should not be disheartened or dismayed. There is a way to freedom. There is a Light that is stronger than all the darkness in the world. There is a Power that can change everything in our entire destiny. There is a Love that can bring to us the friendship and the sympathy of all mankind. Then why should we ever be discouraged or sad? There is a royal path that leads out of, and away, from all adversities. And we may find that path if we leave it to God.
When we can say, in perfect faith and sincerity of soul, that we will leave it to God, we place ourselves in that state of being where the power of the Infinite can work for us, and through us, to the end that the best may surely come to pass. The Infinite is always at hand, waiting to be of service; but we must be willing to accept such service; and we do accept when we can say with depth of sincerity - "Leave It To God."
Then we must know, and fully believe, that what we leave to God to do, will be done right; and we must realize that when anything is done right, every trace of evil, sin, pain or sorrow is eliminated completely. God will never bring sickness, pain, want or death to any human soul. It is not the will of God that any human being should suffer, or be deprived of anything that is good in the world. The ways of the Infinite do not lead into pain and privation, but always into greater freedom, greater good, greater power, greater joy.
When we leave anything to God, we may know that the wrong alone will be taken away; the good will remain and be multiplied again and again, without end and without measure. We may rest assured, therefore, that nothing that is worthy or good or beautiful will be lost when we leave things to God. The kingdom of the Supreme, with all its riches and glory, is for man; but man must be willing to receive; and he does express perfect willingness when he can say, with the faith of the soul, that he will, henceforth, leave everything to God.
Whatever there is in life that we wish to change, remedy or perfect, the simple secret is this - "Leave It To God." And we should make this statement in that deep feeling of the soul that knows - that feeling that seems to say to us that our wish will be realized, our prayer will be answered - the best will come to pass. In truth, how could it be otherwise? God would not have it otherwise; therefore, when we leave all things to Him, we may know that the outcome will be all that we could have wished for and infinitely more.
CHAPTER 2 - The Highest Prayer
We know that the prayer of the righteous availeth much; but we also know there are many prayers that seemingly are not answered prayers that are sincere, and that come from souls that we know to be righteous. And accordingly, the question arises again and again, how we should so pray that we may not pray in vain.
When we consider the subject of prayer, however, and examine the true spiritual significance of prayer, we find that we have, in the past, mistaken both the purpose of prayer and the attitude of the Infinite toward the needs of man. We find, in the first place, that God has already given His kingdom to man; and therefore we need not ask for anything whatever. There is nothing we can ask for that we have not already received. Why then should we ask again, or pray in any form or manner?
We find in the second place, that although God has given us everything, still we do not always gain personal possession of the gifts of his infinite kindness and love. And therefore, this entire theme becomes, for the time being, exceedingly mysterious. But the mystery disappears completely when we consider this theme through the understanding of the highest prayer. And the highest prayer may be expressed, in the simplest and most beautiful manner, through this remarkable statement: "My Father, I thank thee that thou hearest me always."
The highest prayer does not ask, directly, for anything that may be desired; but gives constant, and deep spiritual recognition, to the great truth, that the Infinite has, from the very beginning, given all things to man that may be needed for growth and ascension throughout eternity. And in addition to this recognition, gives expression to ceaseless gratitude, and sincere, unending thanksgiving. In the language of the highest prayer, we do not ask God to give us what we need or desire; we affirm, in spirit and in truth, that God is giving us all these things now. And we add, to all our affirmations, this beautiful, inspiring statement: "I thank thee that thou hearest me always."
When the body is ailing, we do not ask for health. We affirm, "God is now and forever giving me perfect health." And, "The perfect health of the Infinite fills me through and through, because I am in God, and God is in me." We affirm, "God is giving me power"; "God is giving me peace"; "God is giving me increase"; "God is giving me the gifts of the spirit." In brief, whatever we find that we need in life, physically, mentally or spiritually, we affirm that God is now giving us all these things. And this is absolutely true. God is closer than breathing; therefore knows what we need every hour, and supplies every need at once, whatever that need may be.
We shall find a remarkable difference in the working out of all our circumstances, material and spiritual, when we change our mode of prayer; that is, when we no longer implore the Infinite to give us what we need, but affirm, with sincere thanksgiving, that God is giving us all these things now.
God is eternally giving to man the all good of life; and God is giving to each human soul every day what is needed for that day. It would therefore be wrong to implore God to do what He already is doing. Instead, we should recognize His goodness by speaking this truth - "God is now giving me all that I need." And in addition, we should give expression to our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude.
When we recognize, in spirit and in truth, what God is doing for us, we enter into harmony with the act of His giving; and accordingly, we receive every day everything that is given to us for that day. But when we do not recognize this great truth, we are not in harmony with anything that the Supreme may be doing for us; and therefore we do not receive, at the right time and place, what has truly been given to us as our very own. And possibly we may never receive those gifts in this life, but may have to depend altogether upon our own efforts for everything - efforts that are sometimes disappointing, and frequently ineffectual.
The truth is, however, that no soul is destined to depend upon personal efforts alone. We all must, indeed, use our powers and talents well; but we can accomplish but little if we work entirely alone, that is, apart from higher power and divine guidance. Great souls invariably seek constant assistance from the Supreme; and wherever they go, they always "walk with God." Such souls invariably recognize the great law, "My Father worketh and I work," and enter into the spiritual realization of that law absolutely. We must take God with us in all things, if we would rise above mere existence, and be true to the wonderful life we have been given the privilege to live. And we do take God with us in all things when we constantly recognize the truth that God is with us always, and that He is giving us every hour what we need to make that hour full, perfect and complete.
When we understand this law, that God is constantly giving to man everything that is necessary to make life all that we wish it to be, and place ourselves in perfect harmony with that law, we shall find that every need will be supplied in its true place and time. The right way will always open through which we may gain what we desire, and realize the ideals that the great eternal now holds in store.
Every day will be full to overflowing with blessings of every conceivable state or being. Every succeeding day will become richer and larger than the days that have gone before, as we become more and more conscious of the great truth, that God is giving us everything today that is needed to make this the greatest day we ever knew. And in all our efforts we will be guided, to the end that we may invariably do what is best knowing that higher power will be with us so long as we live and work for the larger life and the greater good