True Substance

Jesus said at the close of that wonderful Sermon on the Mount after he had expounded to his followers the truths of spiritual law, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.... Behold the fowls of the air... your heavenly Father feedeth them.... Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow."

The writer had for many years been in great bondage to a limited sense of supply and in striving to understand more of God's abundance of all good she received great help from the above quoted Scriptural passages. Though she had read them many times during many years, yet the question came: Had she ever truly considered the things Jesus had given there for consideration? Upon referring to a dictionary she found the following definitions of consider: "To ponder; to study; examine the subject with the view to truth, to think carefully, to reflect." Then the unfoldment came. The fowls of the air manifest free, joyful activity. Their expression of joy is not destroyed because they have a nest to build or little ones to feed. Do we not sometimes let ourselves become so absorbed in the material needs that we overshadow our reflection of spiritual joy? In considering the lilies the writer thought of their wonderful beauty and purity manifest regardless of the ugliness of their surroundings. A lily is a lily wherever you find it. Are we not, however, sometimes seemingly affected by the ugliness of our surroundings rather than the beauty and purity of the individual perfect man, God's idea?

Healing the Sick
May 14, 1921

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