And yet, behold how, when He did bring the truth, ye refused to turn your faces towards Him, and persisted in disporting yourselves with your pastimes and fancies. Ye welcomed Him not, neither did ye seek His Presence, that ye might hear the verses of God from His own mouth, and partake of the manifold wisdom of the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the All-Wise. Ye have, by reason of your failure, hindered the breath of God from being wafted over you, and have withheld from your souls the sweetness of its fragrance. Ye continue roving with delight in the valley of your corrupt desires. Ye, and all ye possess, shall pass away. Ye shall, most certainly, return to God, and shall be called to account for your doings in the presence of Him Who shall gather together the entire creation. (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 246)
We need the fear of God just as much as we need to know about the love of God and in this passage we see both. We see a warning that when we refuse to turn our faces towards Him, and persist in disporting ourselves with our pastimes and fancies, continuing to rove with delight in the valley of our corrupt desires, we deprive ourselves of many things. When we welcome Him and seek His Presence, we might hear the verses of God from His own mouth, and partake of His manifold wisdom. We will feel the breath of God being wafted over us and inhale the sweetness of its fragrance. Then He ends with a warning and a reminder: We, and all we possess, will pass away, return to God, and shall be called to account for our doings.
The choice is always ours, every minute of every day. Will we turn to God or to our own lower natures? Will we reach for the choice wine or accept the things our own minds devise? Do we want what’s best for us for eternity or are we content with short term pleasures? Do we believe the promises of God or consider the ideas of our own minds? The choice is ours.
Understanding I have choices and can reach for what’s best, I am grateful!
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