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Wanting to understand God

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    Michael
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    From our lesson this week: 7. Deuteronomy 10:12 “what doth the Lord require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”
    Mrs. Eddy writes in depth about desire in Science and Health in the first chapter, Prayer. She writes that our desires must be exalted. I used to think that wanting to understand God above all else was a tall order that I didn’t sincerely feel like I wanted.
    Then a friend shared with me what his teacher had said, about man’s real desires: wanting to understand God, and bringing that understanding more and more into their daily experience. When people say they want to be happy, or feel more confident, or have more abundance…these are all attributes of God. In knowing God and understanding God, we come to experience those attributes more directly with that understanding; “And all these things shall be added unto you”-Matthew 6:33.
    My friend went on to say, that what was suggested instead of praying for more “stuff,” is to pray to God for more devotion to him.

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    Susanne
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    Thank you so much for sharing this. These are profound ideas, that relate to the things we do every day.

    For instance, I may have a “to do” list with my desires for each day. The ideas shared above can truly get that “to do” list into a much better perspective, purify those desires, and get things on a better track, with God leading the way. Therefore, Deuteronomy 10:12 should always be #1 on my “to do” list!

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