CLAIM GOD’S DAY
By: Mark M. Lawson
Sometimes daily challenges leave me mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. When I try to be “all things to all people” (especially myself), I am sometimes disappointed. I may think that I “failed” to accomplish something needful, and therefore that my day was not “successful.” Some might recognize this as the curse of an “A” personality. I “judge” myself by some impossible standard. Thankfully, I’m learning to rise above this human weakness, though it is not an easy process.
In Isaiah (45:11), God says: “Ask me of things to come concerning my sons.” In other words, look to God to find out who you are, what you are, and what your purpose is. What God knows is the only “knowing” worth having. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” (Rom 8:16-17). Spirit, God, leads us to a proper understanding of who we are.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” They first voiced human opinion: “Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” Jesus wanted to know what they thought. Peter said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This demonstrated that Jesus’ disciples now understood his divine nature, and Jesus declared that he would build his church upon this “rock” (“petros,” or rock, in the Greek). See Matt 16:13-17.
I find that as I claim my status as an “heir” of God, I increasingly “inherit” good. I’ve seen this demonstrated in my experience on many occasions. Business problems have been resolved, family needs have been met, and more importantly, a sense of peace has been restored. Mary Baker Eddy speaks of this in her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.”
Paul asks (Gal 5:7), “who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” What can possibly prevent us, as joint-heirs with Christ, from possessing the good that is ours? We can learn what God knows about us, and at the same time, resist human fears and doubts. We can refuse to “fall down and worship” a power apart from God (Matt 4:9), whether it is fear, doubt, or disease. As we resist evil, it will “flee” from us (James 4:7), and God’s thoughts will minister unto us (Matt 4:11). We will say with assurance, this is God’s day, “and there shall be no night there.” (Rev 22:5).
Mr. Lawson is First Reader of Christian Science Society, Bristol, Tennessee and he may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.