O Son of Spirit! Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created. (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic 22)
Recently I was studying the long obligatory prayer with a Bahá’í friend and we noted that in the preface to a paragraph near the end, Bahá’u’lláh asks us to “rise and say: “O God, my God! My back is bowed by the burden of my sins, and my heedlessness hath destroyed me.” It’s always seemed a strange posture to take when talking about my sins. Normally I would want to crumble, turn in with shame and refuse to look Him in the eye, but no. He won’t let me do that. He wants me to stand strong and tall before Him when admitting to my sins. He wants me to see my nobility before Him.
We’ve all been created noble. We’ve all been created with a lower and higher nature. We’ve all been created as sinners. We’ve all been created with free will. We’ve all been created weak. God knows that we are going to abase ourselves because of our weakness or stubbornness or ignorance. It’s all part of the Divine Plan. But it’s also part of His plan that we don’t define ourselves by all the ways we fall short in our quest for obedience. We rise, because we know we’ve been forgiven before we ever transgressed. We rise because of God’s love for us, whether we believe and accept it or not.
Knowing that God doesn’t judge me as harshly as I judge myself, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read through today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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