“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” (Isaiah 1: 19)
The good of the land is God’s glorious provision and guidance. It is that flourishing life that God created, one in which we not only survive, but truly thrive.
To freely enjoy this abundant good, forever growing and blooming for our use, a couple of things are required of us. We must be willing and obedient. These are not outside of our capacity nor are they a burden or a hardship; for true willingness and obedience are a beautiful surrender to being who we already are and doing what we most naturally do.
Willingness is that wonderful agreement to give up the arguments of human will and force and reasoning with the brain, in order to yield to the divine ideal. God’s guidance is ready for us and it is much easier to allow His hand to move us than to try to advance contrary to His way, the right and loving and powerful one.
Obedience is not so much about perfect human behavior, but about honoring God as the One Mind and power. It is about recognizing His nature as Love and good and Truth and obeying these supreme qualities. It is letting go of ego and self-justification in order to truly be God’s reflection, His radiant image.
And so, it isn’t really that we gain a land of plenty that we didn’t have before. It is that when we trust God as the Creator, the Provider, our Guide, and our Life, our eyes are opened to what is already generously ours.
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