Today’s blog invites us to believe that the Divine has our highest good in mind and wants us to know it….and the tools for receiving that information.
I, the Lord, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river.
Isaiah 48: 17
The Path of Our Highest Good
Finally, the scripture passage that supports my theory…the theory I intend and attempt to live by every day of my life. God knows the path that is in our highest good and wants to reveal that path to us. And when we take the time to discern the knowledge of God regarding the path of our highest good, we are guaranteed “prosperity.” And before we jump on the pop-culture theology of prosperity bandwagon….God’s prosperity is measured differently than ours. God’s prosperity is about abundance and fruitfulness….it is a path that feels free, expansive and is that which leads us toward inner fulfillment, peace, contentment, love, joy, compassion, mercy and justice. It is the path that allows us to name, claim, cultivate and generously share our own unique giftedness in service to humankind. Let me put it plainly, the “prosperity” spoken of in this reading is an interior quality and is independent of our external life experiences. Might God’s path lead us to financial abundance…perhaps, but only if that is in our highest good and we deem to share that abundance in service to humankind.
But How Do We Know?
The reading above tells us that God will teach us the path and we will know that path if we follow God’s commandments. I don’t think that Isaiah is specifically speaking about “The 10 Commandments” here, but the commandments that God would reveal in our hearts as to the path that we are invited to walk. The vehicle through which we receive these “commandments” is our spiritual practice. God reveals God’s self to us in the quiet of our hearts when we go to God in prayer, meditation, contemplation, mindfulness, etc. If we want to know the path that God would teach us to be in our highest good, this is where we will learn that path. (In my book, Authetic Freedom, you are given specific tools for learning and practicing these spiritual practices as well as some elementary tools for discernment….determining the difference between the guidance that comes from our False-Self or Ego and the guidance that comes from God.)
What Are You Waiting For?
Do you want to know the path that is in your highest good? Do you desire a life of peace, contentment, fulfillment, expansiveness, joy, compassion, love, mercy and justice? Do you want to know what your gifts are and how you are called to use them in the world for your own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world? If the answer is yes, I ask you, “What are you waiting for?” Embrace a spiritual practice. Deepen your existing practice. Employ the tools of spiritual discernment. Accept the support of outside resources to help you in your discernment process. Then….LIVE A LIFE OF JOY!!!!!
Authentic Freedom Ministries