Monday, February 25, 2013
Today we affirm that Divine understanding within us unites us with the presence of God, and we always know the wise and loving next step.
Spiritual understanding is most often associated with Solomon. When God offered Solomon anything he wanted, Solomon did not ask for riches, power or fame. "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people," he replied, "that I may discern between good and bad." (1 Kings 3:9 KJV). Because he first sought an understanding heart, Solomon also received riches and power and fame. He kept his promises clear, and all of the good of the universe flowed freely through his life as a result.
Spiritual understanding is an energy of the heart, not the mind. It is an intuitive recognition of the will and presence of God, and it is available to all of us seeking guidance in our lives. It will not come to each of us, however, in any predictable way. Each of us will have a different experience. For some, like the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, there will be a blinding flash of illumination. Others will reach the same level of understanding gently and gradually.
Spiritual understanding will always come, though, if we sincerely seek it. "Ask, and it will be given you," Jesus taught us. "Search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you." (Matthew 7:7)
reprinted from Unity's Lent 2013 "A Season for Spiritual Growth"