"Lift up your eyes"

[Original article in German]

In Isaiah we read, "Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath." Not until the writer seriously pondered this admonition of the prophet did it dawn upon her how seldom men, when inharmony of some kind seems imminent, obey this wise advice. And yet how profitable it would be for us if we would promptly lift up our thought and realize the ever-presence of the good, the perfect, the real, and deal from this exalted point of view with whatever discord may seem imminent.

At such times materiality seems to be like a huge magnet which would arrest our gaze and prevent us from lifting up our eyes. Here, too, our Master, Christ Jesus, set us an example, as, for instance, at the tomb of Lazarus, and when he fed the multitude. The admonition to "lift up your eyes" is continually needed.

How much self-restraint it often costs one to lift up his eyes when faced with an unsolved problem of supply! Again and again he is tempted to let his eyes wander in all directions for human assistance, whereas one should steadfastly and confidently await divine guidance, and examine himself to ascertain that in his thoughts no lack of love is concealed—be it toward God or man; for where Love is reflected, there God is, and where God is, there is abundance.

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The Mind That Was in Christ Jesus
August 1, 1931

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