Expecting Good

What are we expecting? This is an arresting question—one which causes us to turn a searchlight into our consciousness, to see exactly its contents. Is it a future sorrow, a sickness or suffering which it appears we cannot avoid? If the words of the Psalmist are true, and they assuredly are, that "in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore," we are, even at the moment when material sense sees only sorrow and suffering, in the presence of the loving Father, who in ceaseless activity is giving all creation of His good pleasure.

We receive what we expect! Then, as we habitually strive to see that there is but one intelligence, God, the false material sense, which we previously thought was ours, disappears, and we see that it is thinking from a material point of view which brings us the wrong conditions we are experiencing. We see, too, that often these outward conditions are the accumulation of material expectations, casting their shadow in mortal experience. But no shadow of sickness or fear has ever been sent by God, and none has ever entered the real man's consciousness.

To expect good, derived from God, Spirit, means to think about and reflect spiritual reality; in fact, to make use of it as being ours continually. In the first chapter of Genesis is an account of the spiritual creation. There, a complete, harmonious, and perfect universe is revealed, including man in the likeness of his Father, reflecting dominion over all. This chapter closes with the statement, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Therefore, as there is no record there that anything unlike good was created, the real man is not in any way linked to a material or finite sense of existence.

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Dispelling the Mists
December 13, 1930

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