Audio credit: http://www.eckiefriar.com Lesson 327

II.  SECTION 11.  What is Creation?

Lesson 327 I need but call and You will answer me.

  1. I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith.  For God has promised He will hear my call and answer me Himself.  Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me.  This is the faith that will endure and take me farther and still farther on the road that leads to Him.  For thus, I will be sure that He has not abandoned me and loves me still, awaiting but my call to give me all the help I need to come to Him.
  2. Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experience if I but test them out.  Let me attempt, therefore, to try them and to judge them not.  Your Word is one with You.  You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surety of Your abiding Love is gained at last.[1]
Photo credit: http://www.ecww.org I Will Call and You Will Answer

For most of my life, I have struggled to believe in something that was not real or personal to me in any way.  The stories in the Bible, the sermons that were preached, the testimonies of others, and their conversion experiences left me feeling distant, aloof, and well, a bit skeptical.  I had a profound spiritual hunger and thirst, and yet nothing on earth satisfied it.  There were ones that would chastise me for my uncertainty, having been blessed with such a devout Christian mother.  My heart was searching for the God of love, peace, and joy, and found instead demands for sacrifice, misogyny, and sorrow.  Church services, Sunday Schools, bible studies, radio broadcasts, Christian books, and daily inspirational readings all called for me to have faith in God, but God was a concept that was unclear to me, an unconfirmed and untrustworthy deity that gave my allegiance no place to rest.       

Today’s lesson reminds us that God will hear our call and answer us Himself.  We can learn of God from our experience that this is true, and because our experience teaches us about Him, our faith in Him is strengthened and becomes us.  Faith that endures is not learned from our associations, our attendance, our memberships in religious organizations, or from religious leaders who may or may not lead us astray, disappoint us, or betray our trust.  It is the faith that we gain from our own heart’s searching, seeking, and calling out to God our Father, which prevails and draws us closer to Him. 

Our lesson is one of hope and joy.  Our religious texts, our leaders, our preachers and priests, our brothers in Christ may abandon us!  If we try to reach our Father through their walk and through their talk, they will lead us astray.  For it is through our experiences, encounters, practices, and devotion that we learn with unshakeable faith that God has not abandoned us and loves us still.  He awaits our call and gives us all the help we need to return to Him!  

Our prayer today calls us to thank our Father for His promises that never fail us in our daily practice.  All we must do is test them out, to glean the lessons being taught to us in our relationships and interactions with the world, offering no judgment and condemnation.  Our prayer today calls us to learn through personal experience that God’s Word is one with Him.  We cannot learn salvation through any other channel but to call upon Him.  We cannot muster the conviction and faith needed to accept salvation by merely attending church or performing the traditional rites and rituals.  God provides the conviction and the certainty of His abiding Love when we call upon Him and begin to see and hear Him in our daily walk.  Let us try the promises of God!

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 327 I need but call and…Foundation of Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 465.