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Trusting and Resting
HERE IS a perfect passivity
that is not indolence. It is a living stillness born of trust.
Quiet tension is not trust.
It is simply compressed anxiety.
Who is there among those who
have learned the law of good and have tried to bring it into manifestation,
who has not at times felt his physical being almost ready to snap asunder
with the intensity of his "holding to the Truth." You believe
in omnipresent life. You attempt to realize it for others. An obstinate
case comes to you for help, a case in which the patient is always in a
hurry for results, always wanting to know how much more time will be required,
and so forth. His impatience and unbelief, together with your great desire
to prove the law to him, stimulate you, after a few treatments, to greater
efforts; and almost immediately you find yourself thinking frequently of
him when not treating, and trying to throw more force into the treatment
when he is present. Then, after giving a treatment, you find a sense of
fullness in your head that is very uncomfortable; and very soon, what at
first was a delight to you becomes a burden, and you almost wish the patient
would go to someone else. You cannot help wondering why he improved so
perceptibly with the first few
treatments, and afterward, even with your increased zeal, seemed to stand
still or get worse. Let me tell you why. When you first began to treat,
you, so sure of the abundance of divine life, calmly and trustingly spoke
the Truth to your patient. When he got in a hurry, you, beginning to take
on responsibility that was God's, not yours, grew anxious and began to
cast on him your compressed anxiety. You were no longer a channel for divine
life, sweet, peaceful, harmonious, to flow through, but by your intensity
and hurry, you completely shut off the divine influx and were able only
to force on him, out of your anxious mortal mind, a few strained, compulsory
thoughts that held him as in a vise, and exhausted you.
Some healing and other demonstrations
of power are brought to pass in this way, but it is always the stronger
mortal thought controlling the weaker, and is always wearing to the one
thus working. This plane is entirely one of mental suggestion, a mild form
In the matter of God as our
supply, or any other side of the divine law that we, from time to time,
attempt to bring into manifestation, the moment we begin to be anxious
our quiet becomes simply the airtight valve of tension or suppressed anxiety
that shuts out the very thing we are trying to bring about,
and so prevents its manifestation.
This way of holding with intensity
to a thought, be it mental argument for healing or looking to God for material
supply, recognizing that we ourselves have power by such firmness of thought
to bring what we want into manifestation, is one way of obtaining results,
but it is a hard way. We do thus give out what is within us, and it is
helpful so far as it goes, but by some mental law this intensity of thought
seems to cut off our consciousness from the Fountainhead, thus preventing
inflow and renewal therefrom; hence the quick exhaustion and the burdened
We need to rise above this state
of tension, to one of living trust. There is such a thing as an indolent
shifting of our responsibility to an outside God, which means laziness,
and which never brings anything into manifestation. But there is also a
state of trustful passivity, which we must enter into to do the highest
There are some things that we
are to do ourselves, but there are others that God does not expect us to
do. (When I speak of ourselves as something apart from God, I simply mean
our conscious selves. We are always one with God, but we do not always
realize it consciously. I speak of ourselves as the conscious part of us.)
They are His part, and our
greatest trouble lies in our trying to do God's part, just because we have
not learned how to trust Him to do it. We are, with our conscious thought,
to speak the words of life, of Truth, of abundant supply, and we are to
act as though the words were true. But the "bringing it to pass"
is the work of a power that is higher than we; a presence that we do not
see with these mortal eyes, but which is omnipotent and will always rush
to our rescue when we trust it.
From the smallest thing of our
everyday life to the rolling away of the largest stone of difficulty from
our path, this Presence will come in to deliver us. But its working depends
on our trusting, and trusting means getting still inside.
In this effort of ours to bring
into manifestation the good that we know belongs to every child of God,
it is when we get beyond the point where we try to do it all ourselves
and let God do His part that we get the desires of our heart.
After we have done our part
faithfully, earnestly, we are told to "stand still, and see the salvation
of Jehovah, which he will work for you. . . . Jehovah will fight for you,
and ye shall hold your peace. "See the conditions here imposed. This
invisible Presence will remove from your path the big difficulties, which
look to your mortal vision to be almost insurmountable, only on condition
that you stand still. The Lord will fight for you if you hold your peace.
But there is nowhere any such promise of deliverance for you while you
preserve a state of flutter within. Either one--this state of internal
unrest, or a forced external quiet, which simply means compressed anxiety--completely
prevents this invisible omnipotent force from doing one thing for your
deliverance. It must be peace, peace; possess your soul in peace, and let
Marvelous have been the manifestations
of this power in the writer's life when the "bringing to pass"
has been left entirely to it. Ask not, then, when or how or why. This implies
doubt. Only "rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him."
When, in the reign of Jehoshaphat,
King of Judah, the Ammonites, Moabites, and others--a great multitude--came
against the King in battle, he, in great fear, called the people together,
and they sought counsel of the Lord, what to do saying: "We have no
might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we
what to do; but our eyes are upon thee." Then the Spirit of the Lord
came upon Jahaziel, and he said: "Hearken ye, all Judah . . . Thus
saith Jehovah unto you, Fear not ye, neither be dismayed by reason of this
great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's . . . Ye shall
not need to fight in this battle; set yourselves, stand ye still,
and see the salvation of Jehovah with you. O Judah . . . tomorrow go out
against them; for Jehovah is with you"
My friend, this battle you are
trying to fight is not yours, but God's. You are trying to heal; you are
trying to hold vigorously to the law of good in that very trouble at home
which the world knows not of, but which at times nearly overwhelms you.
Be still. Let go. The battle is God's, not yours, and because it is God's
battle through you, God desiring to manifest through you, victory was on
your side before ever the battle began (in your consciousness, for that
is the only place where there is any battle). Can you not calmly--aye,
even with rejoicing claim the victory right now, because it is God's battle!
You need no longer fight this battle, but "stand ye still," right
where you are today, in the struggle to overcome material things, and "see
the salvation of Jehovah with you."
Does some doubting Thomas say,
"Yes, but I must have money today," or "I must have relief
at once or this salvation will come too late to be of use; and besides
I do not see how----"? Stop right there, dear friend. You do not have
to see how. That is not your business. Your business is to "stand
still" and proclaim: ''It is done."
God said to Jehoshaphat,
"Tomorrow go out against them"; that is, they were to do calmly
and in order the external things that were in the present moment to do,
but at the same time they were to stand still or be in a state, mentally,
of trustful passivity, and see God's saving power. Jehoshaphat did not
say, "But, Lord, I do not see how"; or "Lord, I must have
help right away or it will be too late, for already the enemy is on the
road." We read, "They rose early in the morning . . . and
as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah. . . .
believe in Jehovah your God; so shall ye be established." And then
he appointed singers, who should go forth before the army, singing, "Give
thanks unto Jehovah for his loving kindness endureth forever."
All this, and not yet any visible
sign of the promised salvation of the Lord! Right into the very face of
battle against an army mighty in number, singing, "Give thanks unto
Are you any nearer than this
to the verge of the precipice, in this material condition that you are
trying to overcome? What did Jehoshaphat do? Did he begin to think or pray
hard and forcibly? Did he begin to send strong thoughts of defeat to the
opposing army, and exhaust himself with his efforts to hold on to the thought
until he should be delivered?
Did be begin to doubt in
his heart? Not at all. He simply remembered that the battle was God's and
that he had nothing to do with the fighting, but everything to do with
the trusting. Farther on we read:
"And when they began to
sing and to praise, Jehovah set liers-in-wait against the children of Ammon,
Moab, and Mount Seir, that were come against Judah; and they were smitten."
It was only after they began
to sing and to praise, that the Lord made the first visible move toward
the manifestation of His promised salvation. It may be so with you. You
may be at the very verge of apparent failure and the overthrow of your
cherished principle. Your friends (?) are already beginning to speak disparagingly
to you of your foolish trust (the things of God are always foolishness
with men), saying, "You must do something in this matter." Fear
not. Just try to realize that the battle is God's through you; that because
it is His battle, it has been victory from the start and can never be anything
else. Begin to sing and praise Him for deliverance; and as surely as you
do this, giving no thought to the when or the how, the salvation of the
Lord will be made visible and the deliverance as real as it was in Jehoshaphat's
case, even to the gathering of unexpected "spoils" following.
For this narrative of Judah's king further says:
"And when Judah came to
the watch-tower of the wilderness, they looked upon the multitude; and
behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and there were none
that escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take the spoil
of them, they found among them in abundance both riches and precious jewels,
which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away:
and they were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much."
So God delivers when fully trusted--perfectly,
fully, even beyond anything we have asked or thought; adding good that
we have never dreamed of, as though to give double assurance of His favor
and love to any who will trust Him. This is the "salvation of Jehovah"
when we "stand still."
We must learn that the time
of help's coming to us is not our part, but God's. We do know that in all
the accounts in Scripture of those who realized God's special deliverance
from their troubles--from Abraham's going forth to sacrifice his son, to
the time when Jesus put out His hand to save the sinking and faithless
Peter, and even after this in the experience of the apostles--this invisible
power came to hand just at the right time always, never a moment too late.
The promise is, "God
will help her, and that right early"; or, as the Hebrew reads, "at
the turning of the morning," which means just the darkest moment before
dawn. So if, in whatever matter you are trying to exercise trust in your
Father, the way keeps growing darker and darker and apparently the help
goes farther and farther away instead of coming into sight, you must grow
more peaceful and still than ever and then you may know that the moment
of deliverance is growing nearer for you with your every breath.
In Saint Mark's account of that
early morning visit of the women to the tomb of Jesus, when, bent on an
errand of loving service, they forgot entirely the immense stone weighing
several tons lying across their path, until they were almost at their journey's
end, and then one exclaimed in momentary dismay, "Who shall roll us
away the stone from the door of the tomb? Then looking up, they see that
the stone is rolled back: for it was exceeding great." Is not "exceeding
great" full of meaning to us? The very greatness of the difficulty
that made it impossible for the women to remove it, was the more reason
why it was done by this invisible Power.
"Man's extremity is God's
opportunity." The more we are cut off from human help, the greater
claim we can make on divine help. The more impossible a thing is to human
or mortal power, the more
at peace can we be when we look to Him for deliverance, for He has said:
"My power is made perfect in weakness." And Paul, realizing
that when he placed less confidence in the mortal he had more help from
the Divine, said: "When I [the mortal] am weak, then I am strong."
Trusting means resting confidently.
We are to rest confidently, saying: "God is my strength; God is
my power, God is my assured victory. I will trust in Him, and He will bring
it to pass."
"Commit thy way unto Jehovah;
trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass."
"It is better to take refuge
in Jehovah [in the invisible Presence] than to put confidence in princes."
"Thou wilt keep him
in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he
trusteth in thee."
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