Feasible Demands

God makes His demands upon each of us. We have the capacity, in every instance, to satisfy them fully. Life demands our vibrant activity, our expression of the continuity of being. Truth requires our conformity to reality. Love calls for fearlessness, unselfishness. All that God requires is deeply spiritual, and we can respond affirmatively. We need feel no uncertainty, no doubt, no inability. God, who makes the demand, abundantly supplies our capacity to answer aright. In reality, man forever acts in accord with God's perfection. Spiritual awakening to this fact enables us to best respond to the demands made upon us.

Mrs. Eddy writes, "Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine statutes." Science and Health, p. 184; But if God is good and if He bountifully supplies us with the capacity to fulfill demands, why do we sometimes struggle when we are faced with them or feel they are not feasible?

It is because we misunderstand their nature. We see them as material, whereas they are actually spiritual. God's man never has to fulfill or respond to material demands. To so regard our challenges leads easily to frustration, uncertainty, or discouragement. But we never ignore legitimate human requirements. We replace them with the true, spiritual demand, answer it, and on that basis bring a proper resolution to whatever challenge confronts us.

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